Promotion hopefuls Southampton are eyeing up a double swoop for two out-of-favour Premier League stars before the transfer window closes, according to The Sun.
There has been a lot of transfer activity at St. Mary’s over the past few weeks, with the likes of long-time captain James Ward-Prowse completing his move to West Ham United while Romeo Lavia and Tino Livramento headed to Chelsea and Newcastle United for a combined total of £93 million.
Meanwhile, top-flight strugglers Everton have also been locked in negotiations with the Saints for striker Che Adams, although the two clubs are still in disagreement over the deal’s payment structure.
However, it’s not all been outgoings happening on the South Coast. On Monday, Flynn Downes was added to Russell Martin’s squad on loan from West Ham and there could be further additions before the transfer window closes next Friday.
The Sun are claiming that Southampton are interested in signing both Mason Holgate from Everton and Ryan Fraser from Newcastle United as the two players are not receiving adequate game-time at either club.
The report reveals that the Saints are attempting to take both men on loan for the remainder of the season as Martin looks to bolster his squad further before the deadline passes.
The Athletic journalist David Ornstein first reported news surrounding Holgate on Friday morning, confirming that the Toffees defender was booked in for a medical with the Championship outfit today. Ornstein also admitted that there will be no option-to-buy clause in the contract.
Fraser made just eight appearances last season for the Magpies under Eddie Howe and it has become apparent that the Scotland international is not in the manager’s plans at St. James’ Park anymore despite the pair working together for several seasons at Bournemouth.
A fresh start is what Fraser needs, even if it’s just for a season, and the same can be said for Mason Holgate.