Southampton ‘could really do with’ signing ‘great’ £26m striker

Southampton have been linked with a move for Vitinha in the upcoming window, and he is considered a “great player” by journalist Dean Jones.

The striker currently plays for Portuguese side Braga, and could be the solution to the Saints’ woes in front of goal so far this season.

What is the latest news involving Vitinha?

According to information from Portuguese newspaper O Jogo (via Sport Witness), a number of Premier League clubs are interested in Vitinha, namely Brentford, Southampton and Newcastle United, while Bundesliga side Stuttgart are also rumoured to be plotting a move.

This report also states that these four teams have all sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old, and that they will continue to monitor him over the international break, when he will be in action for Portugal’s U21s against Czech Republic and Japan.

If the Saints’ recruitment team were able to make a move happen, Sport Witness indicate that it would set them back a fee in the region of £26m, as that is his release clause.

In his last outing, the Southampton target may have attracted even more potential suitors, scoring the winning goal after a half-an-hour cameo in a 2-1 victory against Portimonense.

What has Jones said about Vitinha?

Jones lavishes praise on the Portuguese forward and speaks highly of a potential move to the South Coast, but indicates that he cannot be solely responsible for a change of fortunes at St. Mary’s, telling GIVEMESPORT:

“He’s a great player, I’d say he’s a player they could really do with, I don’t know if he could necessarily be expected to save Southampton’s season.

“I think that’d be very unfair on him, he’s averaging around a goal every other game, that’s not bad at all, but it’d be a lot of expectation on him.”

Would Vitinha be an upgrade on what Southampton have?

The Saints have struggled for goals this season, not scoring more than one in a Premier League match since a 2-1 victory against Chelsea all the way back in August.

This record in the opposition penalty area will be alarming for new manager Nathan Jones, and it is not helped by the fact that misfiring striker Che Adams has only recorded two league goals in his last 12 outings.

Dubbed by journalist Zach Lowy as being “one of the best strikers in Portugal”, Vitinha is four years younger than Adams, but already poses a similar goal record, notching nine goals in 18 appearances across the Liga Nos and Europa League this season.

As such, the Southampton hierarchy should make a move for the exciting young prospect in the January transfer window, as he possesses the firepower to preserve the club’s Premier League status, and could lead the line for years to come.

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