Having seen five first-team players head out the St Mary’s exit in exchange for almost £100m this summer, Southampton should be in a frantic rush to bring some high-quality bodies to the south coast.
Forwards Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle will replace Liverpool signings Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert in the side, but boss Ronald Koeman will need more than that pair if he is to match former coach Mauricio Pochettino’s example and retain his new club’s top-ten status this term at 6/4 odds.
Thankfully, the Saints continue to be linked with a raft of individuals from the upper echelons of the game, with the three listed below getting plenty of recent mentions.
This Inter Milan winger only managed 12 appearances for the Nerazzurri before being packed off on loan to Sassuolo at the start of last season, where he notched once in 11 Serie A appearances.
Schelotto fared better at Parma in the second half of the campaign, scoring three goals in his first six matches and four in all during a 16-game spell.
With misfit striker Dani Osvaldo likely to head in the other direction, Southampton may be on the verge of a part-exchange for Argentine-born Azzurri international Schelotto.
Javier Hernandez (9/2 to be a Southampton player by 02/09/14)
Despite bwin.com pricing the Mexican striker up at 5/4 to still be a Red Devil by the time September starts, Chicharito looks increasingly likely to leave Old Trafford before the end of August, with Atletico Madrid and Inter both available at 9/5 to snag the 26-year-old.
Southampton have been linked with Hernandez on recent back pages though, with Koeman thought to be very keen on a forward that notched at least ten goals in each of his first three Premier League terms prior to 2013/14.
This former France Under-21 winger also featured on the flanks for Parma last term, like Schelotto, although Biabiany is something of a Crociati stalwart having spent a couple of spells on loan at the Stadio Ennio Tardini before signing on permanently two years ago.
The 26-year-old scored six goals and set up five more for teammates in 36 Serie A appearances last season, and while those numbers don’t quite match up to Lallana – who struck nine and laid on six league strikes – Biabiany will cost a lot less than £25m.