Goal have claimed on their German website that Southampton want Jozo Simunovic as the Croatian defender remains without a club following his release by Celtic last summer – but the Saints face competition from Bundesliga clubs.
Simunovic, 26, played 126 times for Celtic in the space of five years at the club – with injuries ravaging his progress north of the border. He has also played 75 times for Dinamo Zagreb prior to his move to Celtic, but has since been without a club.
That is after Celtic made the somewhat surprising decision to allow Croatia Under-21 international Simunovic to leave – despite helping the Hoops win five Scottish Premiership titles. Now, he may finally end his search for a new club.
Southampton need bodies and could do with another option at centre-back – hence Goal claiming their is interest in Simunovic. However, the Saints face competition from Augsburg and Stuttgart. It remains to be seen where he will end up.
TBR’s view – Simunovic may benefit from Germany move
A move to Southampton would see Simunovic act as cover for the likes of Jack Stephens, Jan Bednarek and Jannik Vestergaard. But if anything taught us about Simunovic over his time at Celtic, he needs to be playing regularly to avoid injury.
Joining either Stuttgart or Augsburg would given Simunovic the required game time necessary to maintain that development. But the Saints could do a lot worse than bringing the central defender to the club.