Southampton’s start to the 2018-19 Premier League season has been bleak as Mark Hughes’ side have won just one of their eight matches so far.
The Saints sit just two points above the relegation zone heading into October’s international break and are crying out for a clinical striker after struggling in front of goal.
Hughes’ side have scored just six in the league this season, leaving just Crystal Palace, Huddersfield and Cardiff City as the other side’s within the top-flight who have a worse record in front of goal.
The Saints have fired blanks in each of their last three matches in the Premier League and the importance of the January transfer window has been increased significantly.
Outgoing deals are likely to go ahead in order to help fund incoming pieces of business and Southampton must find a suitor for Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini, who has fallen from grace in the past two seasons.
Signed in January 2017, Gabbiadini hit four goals in 11 Premier League matches but totalled just five in 28 matches last term and is yet to open his account this season, although he has started just once in the league.
Danny Ings, who has scored half of Southampton’s six league goals, is firmly established as first-choice and there is little sign of Gabbiadini battling to become a strike partner for the former Liverpool man.