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Southampton 'could go back in' for £20m star at St Mary's

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Southampton could still pull off a deal to sign Chelsea striker Armando Broja this summer with as they continue to look for attacking reinforcements, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

Ralph Hassenhutl is currently preparing his squad for the 2022-23 campaign but, with over a month to go in the summer transfer window, there are still deals to be done.

What is the latest on Southampton in the transfer window?

Saints have been a busy club in the window so far as they look to climb the Premier League table. Just over £50 million has been spent on six new signings on the south coast including midfielder Joe Aribo, goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and striker Sekou Mara.

But there appears to still be a hunger to bring in attacking reinforcements this summer. Shane Long left on a free transfer to join Reading while Che Adams has recently been linked with a move to Leeds United.

One name that has, unsurprisingly, been linked with a return to St Mary’s this summer is Broja after impressing during his loan spell from Chelsea last season.

The Albanian international found the back of the net six times during the campaign and has also been linked with the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham this summer. But Thomas Tuchel has so far made is clear he wants the 20-year-old to stay at Stamford Bridge.

In April, Hassenhutl also made it known that he wanted Broja to return next season, saying: “It has been a very important first season for him. At this moment it is not easy to negotiate with Chelsea. There is no question, and it is not surprising that I want him to stay here another year. I know this would be good for him.”

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What has Jones said on a potential Broja move?

Jones understands that a move for Broja this summer is not out of the question for Southampton and that competition moving for other stars is helping their case.

The transfer insider told GIVEMESPORT: “It does look like they’re going to struggle for goals. They could still go back in for Broja. All the time that he stays at Chelsea, and other clubs look elsewhere, it builds the case that Southampton could yet go back for Broja. I wouldn’t totally rule that one out.”

Would Broja be a good signing for Southampton?

This would be an absolute no-brainer of a deal for the Saints if they were able to pull it off.

While he may have only scored six goals, Broja showed he can operate perfectly in Hassenhutl’s system and will only get better under his guidance.

The 6ft 2in forward frequently offered the perfect outlet to launch attacks and as he improves with each week, the goals will come in greater quantities.

It is a move that may well depend on whether or not Chelsea are able to sign a replacement for Romelu Lukaku before the window slams shut.

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