Southampton are set to battle it out with other Championship clubs over the signing of Aston Villa youngster Lamare Bogarde, who has recently returned to the Midlands from his loan spell at Bristol Rovers.
Bogarde, the brother of Hoffenheim defender Melayro Bogarde and nephew of ex-Chelsea, Ajax and Barcelona star Winston Bogarde, has spent the last twelve months out on loan at Bristol Rovers and went on to make 36 appearances in total for the League One outfit.
However, the 19-year-old has played merely 976 minutes of football for the Gas in the current campaign which has been spread across 18 matches in total. This roughly equates to 54 minutes on average per game. Furthermore, in Bristol Rovers’ 24 League One outings this season, the loanee has been in the starting lineup merely eight times.
While Bogarde was meant to stay on loan at the Memorial Stadium until the end of the campaign, the club confirmed on Friday morning that the youngster has been recalled by Aston Villa. Nevertheless, Bogarde is not expected to stay at Villa Park for the remainder of the season.
According to a report from Football Insider, Southampton, Watford, Cardiff City and Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen are keen to sign the young midfielder on a short-term loan for the rest of the campaign.
The outlet are claiming that Villa were unhappy with the Dutchman’s game-time at Bristol Rovers ever since Matt Taylor replaced Joey Barton in the dugout and will now send him back out on loan until the summer.
It’s important for Bogarde to now move to a team to get regular game-time. While he was playing at Bristol Rovers, the vast majority of his minutes were from off the bench, especially as he started merely eight games out of a possible 24 in League One.
Southampton could be a really exciting move for The Netherlands’ U20s international. However, whether he would start week in and week out for a side battling for promotion to the Premier League is another question mark for Villa. Perhaps a loan to Cardiff or Watford may be better for Bogarde right now.