Despite both Southampton and Stoke exceeding expectations under Ronald Koeman and Mark Hughes respectively last term, the Premier League’s seventh and ninth-best clubs are thought to be on the hunt for striking reinforcements this summer.
Funnily enough, they’ve both been linked with lazily-nicknamed young Spaniards.
Saints have reportedly met Malaga’s release clause for diminutive forward Juan Miguel Jiminez Lopez, known as Juanmi, after fending off late interest from Aston Villa and Real Sociedad.
What Koeman sees in the 22-year-old isn’t all that clear, as Juanmi managed just eight goals and no assists in 34 La Liga appearances last term, 28 of which were starts.
That being said, he was called up to La Seleccion by Vicente Del Bosque in March, featuring from the bench during Spain’s 2-0 friendly loss to Netherlands, having bagged eight goals in 19 appearances for the Under-19s between 2011-12, so clearly he has shown something.
Either way, at a little over £5m it’s hard to see where Southampton can go wrong.
Meanwhile, ex-Barcelona flop Hughes is keen to add to the Spanish contingent at the Britannia, which currently consists of former Camp Nou-dwelling duo Marc Muniesa and Bojan Krkic, with striker Jose Luis Sanmartin Mato, known as Joselu, according to the Stoke Sentinel.
A former Real Madrid signing who turned out just once for Los Blancos in La Liga, and from the bench at that, Joselu has spent the last three seasons between Hoffenheim, Eintracht Frankfurt and Hannover, notching 34 times in all competitions over the past two terms with the latter pair.
Standing at 6ft3in, the 25-year-old would fit right in alongside Potters behemoths such as Marko Arnautovic, Peter Crouch and Philipp Wollscheid, all of whom, believe it or not, are taller.
Unlike Juanmi, Joselu at least comes with three Bundesliga assists from the campaign just gone, to compliment his eight-goal haul. At just over £7m, says the Sentinel’s ‘reports in Germany’, he looks worth the risk.