Southampton selling Mario Lemina would hand James Ward-Prowse a lifeline
Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is a transfer target for Paris Saint-Germain.
As reported by The Daily Mail, PSG are lining up a £30 million offer for the Gabon international, as they’re set to lose Adrien Rabiot next month.
The Frenchman will not be signing a new deal at the Parc des Princes, and club officials will seek to cash in on him in January rather than let him leave for nothing in the summer.
PSG are looking at a number of potential replacements including Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong, Everton’s Idrissa Gueye and Watford’s Abdoulaye Doucoure.
Saints star Lemina is also on their shortlist, and that could be great news for struggling James Ward-Prowse.
A chance to play more?
This term, Ward-Prowse has faded into the background a little.
He’s made just seven Premier League appearances for the club totalling 297 minutes of pitch time.
Ward-Prowse has been with the club since the age of eight, and made his senior debut for the club back in 2011 aged just 16.
His proper breakthrough came in the 2012/13 season, and he became a regular in the side from 2013/14.
This season it hasn’t been plain sailing for Ward-Prowse. Under Mark Hughes he struggled to get the same minutes.
But with PSG interested in Lemina, there could be a chance for him to reassert himself at St. Mary’s Stadium.
The talented midfielder will have to convince Ralph Hasenhuttl of his worth, but that might be easier with Lemina out of the picture.