Fulham have hijacked a move for Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan. It appeared the player was on his way to Aston Villa in a £6 million deal. However, as reported by Sky Sports, Fulham’s 11th hour move has left Aston Villa gutted and Bryan on the cusp of Premier League football.
But whilst Aston Villa may be left devastated by the decision of Bryan, it will be music to the ears for Southampton.
This summer the Saints have been working hard to keep Matt Targett at the club. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham and thrived at Craven Cottage. The 22-year-old is therefore in Mark Hughes plans for the upcoming season, but Fulham have been tempting them with offers all summer.
Most recently, as reported by the Mirror, Fulham were willing to pay around £15 million for the player.
Eventually, Southampton would have found it hard to keep him. But the England under-21 international is now unlikely to head to Fulham with Bryan on his way to the Cottage.
Next season the young Southampton talent will be expected to battle it out with Ryan Bertrand for the number one left-back spot. Indeed, he could even find himself in a back-three if he performs like he did for Fulham last term.
And it looks like it might work out for all parties with another Southampton left-back, Sam McQueen, set to join Bristol City as Bryan’s replacement.
Southampton will now need to ensure they use Targett sensibly, as he could become a major asset to the club in the years to come.