Southampton Striker Could Still Depart In The Next Week

Southampton striker Paul Onuachu could still join former club Genk this week, with the Belgian transfer window still open, according to Voetbal Nieuwsvia Sport Witness.

The 29-year-old only joined the Saints in February, but has endured a nightmare time on the south coast. He has failed to score in his 12 appearances to date and has been left on the fringes of the squad since Southampton’s relegation to the Championship. The Nigerian international’s only outing this season came as a substitute in the Carabao Cup defeat against Gillingham last month and he has failed to make the matchday squad in all five of their opening league fixtures.

As a result, Onuachu has been consistently linked with a move away from the club and Genk were thought to be leading the race to bring him back to the club where he hit a staggering 85 goals in 134 appearances.

There were talks of a swap deal involving Ghana international Joseph Paintsil last week, but the winger was not keen on the switch to the Championship.

According to reports from Belgium, Genk have still not given up hope on bringing the player back to the club, with their transfer window remaining open until September 6th. However, it does look unlikely at this stage, although it is claimed that there is still a chance that the difference in valuations between the two clubs ‘can be bridged’.

Genk finished runners up in last season’s Belgian Pro League and have started this season with two wins, a draw and a defeat.

Writer’s View

It is in Southampton’s best interests to allow Onuachu to return to a club in which he is considered a hero. It’s clear that he is not in manager Russell Martin’s plans and the Deadline Day acquisition of Ross Stewart will see him fall further down the pecking order.

The Saints will be keen to recoup the majority of the £18 million fee they paid for him earlier this year, but they have to be realistic and realise that his form for the club will have seen his valuation drop. It would be unfair on the player to refuse him a move, particularly with him unlikely to receive much time on the pitch.

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