Journalist drops thrilling Southampton claim about ‘incredible’ 6’2 emerging talent


Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has added Manchester City youngster Gavin Bazunu to his list of St Mary’s transfer targets, according to Sun reporter Tom Barclay.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl leads the way

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Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl leads the way

Saints finished the campaign five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone and it looks like Hasenhuttl has already set his sights on welcoming reinforcements to his squad.

What is the latest news about Bazunu?

There are question marks over Fraser Forster’s future at Southampton, with him entering the final weeks of his £72,000-a-week deal.

Tottenham Hotspur have named the goalkeeper as a potential signing, raising expectations that he will leave St Mary’s.

That being the case, it is understood that Bazunu has been added to the Saints’ transfer shortlist before the summer window for business opens.

It comes with Hasenhuttl planning a raid on new Premier League champions Manchester City as he looks to improve his options.

Bazunu has just returned to the Etihad Stadium after spending the season on loan with Southampton rivals Portsmouth.

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What did Tom Barclay say about Bazunu?

Barclay understands Bazunu is on Southampton’s radar and believes a move to the south coast could suit all parties.

The reporter thinks Hasenhuttl will look for a young goalkeeper option if Forster moves on, which means 20-year-old Bazunu would fit the bill.

Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “It’s someone they’re looking at. Maybe that one would make sense because if Forster were to leave I think they would be looking for a younger goalie to compete with McCarthy. I wouldn’t say back-up because, as we’ve seen over time at Southampton, it’s mixed and matched.

“Maybe that would make sense, but he’s on the list rather than just about to walk out the door.”

Why is Bazunu interested in Southampton?

Bazunu is coming off an impressive season on the south coast, with him keeping 17 clean sheets in 46 appearances for Portsmouth.

The 6-foot-2 emerging talent even drew praise from Pompey chief Danny Cowley, who described one of his saves as “incredible”.

Despite being in the early stages of his career, Bazunu has already earned 10 international caps for the Republic of Ireland.

He’s already frustrated one of the Premier League’s main stars while representing his homeland by saving a Manchester United and Portugal penalty, goal-scoring machine Cristiano Ronaldo last year, so Bazunu has already demonstrated that he is able to excel on the big stage.


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