The Times have claimed that Southampton are keen to lure Schalke’s Weston McKennie to the south coast as a replacement for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – but must sell first, and have placed three players on the transfer list.
Still just 21, USA international McKennie has already clocked up 91 appearances in all competitions for Schalke. Naturally a central midfielder, he can also offer cover in defence at centre-back or at right-back.
German newspaper Bild claimed a move to Hertha Berlin fell through earlier this month, with Schalke wanting as much as £22.5million. The Saints have already spent around that on Kyle Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu.
In order to raise funds to sign McKennie, the Saints will have to sell and the report claims Mario Lemina, Guido Carrillo and Wesley Hoedt have been made available for transfer. All three were on loan last season.
TBR’s view – What kind of fees can Southampton expect for trio?
The Saints splashed a whopping £19million to sign Carrillo from Monaco, while they also laid out £15million each for Hoedt and Lemina. The latter had a decent impact at Saints, but a move is now likely.
Having done well at Galatasaray on loan last term, Southampton could bring in a fee of £10million for Lemina. For Hoedt and Carrillo, though, getting a decent chunk of their original fees looks unlikely.
Carrillo scored one goal in 24 La Liga outings last season on loan at Leganes. Now in the final year of his contract, the Saints may have to accept a much smaller fee than the £19million paid. It is a similar story for Hoedt.