Southampton closing in on signing £18m Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson – with boss Nathan Jones keen to add more attacking options to help avoid relegation from the Premier League
- Southampton are closing in on signing £18million Villarreal star Nicolas Jackson
- The 21-year-old has scored twice in 14 LaLiga appearances so far this campaign
- Nathan Jones is keen to add to his squad during the January transfer window
- The Saints are also interested in signing Luton Town right-back James Bree
Southampton are closing on an £18million permanent deal for Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson, after initially asking for the 21-year-old on a loan with option to buy.
The Saints are currently bottom of the Premier League and deep in a relegation dog fight, heading into the second half of the season.
Boss Nathan Jones is keen to bolster his squad and freshen things up during the January transfer window to give themselves a stronger chance of survival.s
Southampton are edging closer to an £18million deal for Villarreal forward Nicolas Jackson
The 21-year-old striker has scored twice in 14 LaLiga appearances for Villarreal so far this term
Southampton initially wanted to sign Jackson, who has scored twice in 14 LaLiga appearances this season, on loan with an option to buy.
It now looks as though boss Jones will make it a permanent switch during the January transfer window to add to his options in attack.
They’ve already managed to capture the signature of Croatia World Cup star Mislav Orsic from Dinamo Zagreb, but they are expected to remain active in the market.
Saints boss Nathan Jones is keen to bolster his squad in order to help their survival bid
The Saints are also keen to add a right-back with Luton Town’s James Bree being one of their main targets.
The 25-year-old has made 27 appearances in all competitions for the Hatters and has picked up four assists during that time.
Bree played under current Saints boss Jones with the Hatters among over 140 appearances for the Championship club.
The Saints are also interested in Luton Town right-back James Bree (pictured) in the window
Current Luton boss Rob Edwards admitted: ‘There’s nothing that I know of at the moment, but like I said before, nothing would surprise me.
‘He’s a really good player and obviously he’ll be out of contract in the summer. I don’t know, I’m not aware of anything at the moment.
‘With his situation, there’s always that possibility but what we’ll always do is try and make sure we do what’s right for the football club, and there’s an individual within that, a human being in that as well.’
Tottenham youngster Djed Spence is another option to have been discussed though he is also wanted by Lyon.
The French side are expecting offers for their right back Malo Gusto, 19, who has attracted attention from Chelsea among others.
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