Southampton wanted to sign Tottenham forward Heung-min Son back when he played for Hamburg, according to I News.
They report that back when Mauricio Pochettino was manager of the Saints, he and then head of recruitment Paul Mitchell tried and failed to bring Son to St Mary’s.
Then, Pochettino of course left to join Tottenham and around a year after he arrived in north London, he eventually got his man, when Son came to the club.
Around the time Pochettino was in charge, Southampton had a well-deserved reputation for bringing in unheralded talent from across Europe and selling it on for a profit.
So it’s likely that Son would have left by now – in much the same way that Sadio Mane and Dusan Tadic – who took up a similar mantle when the Saints were unable to snare the South Korean have.
But he would have been a hugely exciting prospect under Pochettino down on the south coast and his development may have gone in a different direction.
It might even have kept Pochettino at St Mary’s – although that seems unlikely – but it would have been a treat for the Saints fans to see his development up close and he may well have fetched a huge fee like the one Virgil van Dijk brought in when he joined Liverpool last January.