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Southampton keen to sign Archie Meekison after Ralph Hasenhuttl sends scouts to Dundee United

According to The Sun (16/05, p. 59), Southampton are keen to sign Arche Meekison in the summer transfer window after Ralph Hasenhuttl had the Dundee United midfielder scouted.

The Saints are understood to have sent talent spotters to Tannadice Park last week to watch Meekison in action against Motherwell, as he made his full senior debut.

Nicky Mellon offered the 19-year-old his first-team breakthrough from the bench at Kilmarnock last month, but opted to unleash him against the Well in Dundee United’s final home game of the season in what turned out to be a masterstroke.

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Meekison marked his first senior start by scoring the Terrors’ second of the day, before goals from Chris Long and Devante Cole in the second period saw Motherwell take a point.

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Mellon was full of praise for Meekison after his 69-minute showcase, stating via quotes by The Courier: “Archie is a terrific little player who has trained with us most of the season. He scored an unbelievable goal.”

Meekison’s display clearly left its impression on Southampton’s scouts, too, as the Premier League side now hope to wrap up a deal for the Tangerines’ product once the summer transfer window opens for business.

The teenager will have one year remaining on his contract at Dundee United come the end of the season, having signed a professional deal in 2019 after 10 years in the Scottish side’s academy ranks.

TBR’s view:

Southampton could acquire a very promising option in Meekison if the south coast side are able to reach an agreement with Dundee United, as the youngster will have years to develop into a player perfect for Hasenhuttl’s system and with a high resale value.

Meekison is already a technically strong and intelligent option for his age and is comfortable playing with the ball at his feet, while goals are also clearly no issue following his strike against Motherwell in the midfielder’s first senior start.

If he now moves to St. Mary’s and capitalises on the opportunity to train under Hasenhuttl and beside the likes of James Ward-Prowse and compatriot Stuart Armstrong, the Saints could be on to a real winner.

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