Southampton midfielder Carlos Alcaraz has continued to attract the interest of Newcastle United, ahead of a potential January switch according to pundit Carlton Palmer via Football League World.
The 20-year-old is yet to stake his claim under Russell Martin so far this season, which could force the Saints to cash in during the January transfer window in a bid to strengthen their promotion push.
His season so far
The Argentinian midfielder has made seven appearances for Southampton so far this season but has only started three times, with his last start coming at the end of August during a 4-1 win against Queens Park Rangers.
The midfielder was an unused substitute during the club’s 2-1 loss to Middlesbrough and has only played 62 minutes in his previous three league outings under Russell Martin.
A poor September
Despite showing several promising signs in August, September has proven to be an extremely difficult month for the Saints losing all four of their matches so far and will be keen to end the streak when they face an in-form Leeds United on Saturday.
The Saints began the month with a 5-0 loss against Sunderland, before losing 4-1 to Leicester City in another disappointing performance. This was followed up with defeats against Ipswich Town and Middlesbrough.
Ironically, Southampton’s poor form began at the same time that Alcaraz was dropped to the bench and the Saints are yet to earn a point since the player change.
What’s been said?
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Football League World, Carlton Palmer stated…
“Newcastle United have made an enquiry about Southampton midfielder Carlos Alcaraz in the summer transfer window and have continued to keep tabs on the player.
“(Eddie) Howe is keen to add to his squad in the January transfer window as they’re in four competitions and there’s a lot of games ahead of them.
“Alcaraz could leave Southampton in the January transfer window – certainly in the summer – if Southampton are not promoted and he’s not getting game time.”
Southampton have already experienced a busy summer window with several key players departing including James Ward-Prowse, but there are currently still several issues within the squad.
The departure of Alcaraz could allow several new additions to arrive at St. Mary’s this January in a bid to strengthen their hopes of returning to the Premier League and it could prove to be the best thing for all parties.