The race to sign Guido Carrillo before the European window slams shut is hotting up. According to Sky in Italy, Lecce have entered the hunt to sign Carrillo from Southampton.
Lecce are trying to sign a striker late in the European transfer window. The Serie A club have a few plans, including Carrillo and ex-Swansea City and Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.
Carrillo is also wanted by Leganes, where he spent last season on loan. Marca recently reported that a deal was close, although Southampton want a permanent sale and Leganes cannot afford that.
The two sides were thought to be negotiating a compromise which would see Carrillo return on loan. The Argentine striker scored six goals on loan with the La Liga club last year and would be keen to return.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl does not appear to have Carrillo in his plans. The Saints signed Danny Ings on a permanent deal in the summer, as well as bringing in Che Adams. Carrillo is down the pecking order and could move to Italy or Spain.
Returning to Leganes is probably the best option for Carrillo’s career. The 28-year-old has been an expensive flop at Southampton and needs a new environment to call home. Leganes used Carrillo last season and could be his long-term home.
Alternatively, an Italian challenge might be of interest to Carrillo. At this stage of his career, there might not be another offer from Serie A. After playing in Argentina, France, Spain and England, a move to Italy could tempt him.