Bolstering their goalscoring prowess will be crucial for Southampton to land the unlikeliest of top-four finishes this term and, well aware of this fact, Ronald Koeman is already drawing up a list of targets.
Harry Kane has featured prominently in recent months, but since Tottenham realised he’s the best forward on their books, such a move appears unlikely to come to fruition.
Instead, the Dutch tactician is targeting another star of the England Under-21 outfit to help shoulder the bulk of his side’s goal-getting responsibility with Italian ace Graziano Pelle.
The former Feyenoord man failed to find the net in the whole of November, suggesting the pressure on him is telling, but Burnley marksman Danny Ings can alleviate some of the strain.
With four goals in his previous five outings, including the 87th-minute equaliser against Aston Villa last time out, the Hampshire-born hitman looks to have found his feet in the top flight after a slow start to proceedings.
Despite being out of contract in 18 months time, Ings is clearly the most valuable asset in the Clarets ranks and would certainly cost a sizeable sum, especially with January inflation factored in.
What might irk Saints supporters about a potential move for the 22-year-old, however, is the fact the club released him as a junior, deeming him of insufficient standard to cut it at first-team level.
The St Mary’s side aren’t among the elect few blessed with a bottomless transfer kitty, but neither are Everton and the success they’ve savoured after re-signing academy rejects suggest Southampton – 4/1 to house the Burnley net bulger by next the start of next September – shouldn’t turn their noses up at Ings, even if they he could’ve been theirs all along.
The Toffees bounced the finest English left-back currently in operation in 2001 when he was 17, allowing Wigan to pick him up for nothing.
After spending a season in the Latics’ development team, he was promoted to the senior side, making 145 appearances as part of Paul Jewell’s 2004/05 promotion-winning team.
Ahead of the 2007/08 campaign Everton forked out £6m to bring him back to Goodison Park, where he has since scored 31 goals in 297 appearances.
Another chalked up as not good enough for their academy team, Jagielka was bought back by Everton following Sheffield United’s relegation to the Championship after the 2006/07 vintage.
The Manchester native of Polish origin has since become the captain of the club’s first-team, overseeing a record Premier League points haul of 72 in his first term in the role.