Report: Multiple clubs want Southampton man, he’s not rated at St Mary’s
According to Hampshire Live, a number of Championship clubs are interested in signing Pascal Kpohomouh once he leaves Southampton.
The Saints have announced that Kpohomouh will leave St Mary’s when his contract expires at the end of the month. The defender signed a three-year professional deal in 2018 after a summer move from Manchester City, but failed to progress into the senior fold.
Kpohomouh is yet to make his first-team debut and struggled to secure a regular role in Southampton’s B-team last season. He started just six of nine Premier League 2 appearances and only featured twice following the turn of the year.
Southampton are now working with Kpohomouh to help him secure the best move for the next stage of his career. The Saints are not concerned that allowing him to leave will see the club repeat their mistakes with Ben White.
Gareth Southgate has named White in his England squad for Euro 2020 after a fine Premier League season with Brighton. He left St Mary’s as a teen, but is now worth £50million and wanted by Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal (Daily Mail).
Southampton have long planned to release Kpohomouh this summer and had allowed the centre-half to leave for trial spells. The former England U18 international spent time with Derby County, Stoke City and Middlesbrough this year.
All three are now interested in offering Kpohomouh a short-term deal, but face competition from other Championship clubs. The 19-year-old made one outing for Stoke and Derby’s U23s plus two appearances for Middlesbrough’s during trail spells.
TBR’s view: Southampton should not regret Kpohomouh call
Kpohomouh has been at Southampton for the past three years, offering the Saints plenty of time to assess his potential. But they clearly do not rate him and question if he’s ready to make the step up to senior football.
At 19, Kpohomouh needs to be pushing to take the next step in his development. He will now hope to join a side where that opportunity will be on the cards. Although one of Derby, Stoke and Middlesbrough being willing is doubtful at present.
Instead, the trio – and their rival suitors – will likely favour signing Kpohomouh for their U23s and wanting him to impress. Only then will he be expected to become a first-team footballer after failing to make the grade at Southampton.
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