Southampton are working to complete an astonishing last-gasp deadline day deal to sign Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino, according to The Athletic (Live Transfer Blog; 21:08).
The 26-year-old has made just eight appearances for the Premier League champions this season, scoring once against Crystal Palace.
First-team football is likely to be something which the Japan international would relish, having not played much since arriving from Salzburg.
Minamino checked in a year ago from the Austrian champions and cost Liverpool just £7.25 million.
The man with 26 caps for Japan has featured 31 times for the Reds, scoring four goals and registering two assists.
After a strong start to the current campaign, Southampton have dropped into the bottom half of the Premier League.
Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to bolster his attacking ranks and was earlier linked with Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal and Josh King from Bournemouth.
Now, with those deals dead in the water, the Saints boss has turned his attentions towards Minamino.
Southampton want to take the versatile forward on loan for the rest of the season and it could be a deal which suits all parties.
The £75,000-a-week player has featured once in the Premier League since the turn of the year and his progress has stalled.
Loaning him out looks like a no-brainer from a Liverpool perspective, with boss Jurgen Klopp well stocked when it comes to attackers.
Southampton could offer him regular first-team football and a chance to really get going in the Premier League.
His chances of featuring between now and the remainder of the season at Anfield look slim.
Klopp’s change of system of late hasn’t handed him a chance to shine and a loan to Southampton could be a good move the international player.