Having already seen Victor Wanyama leave for Tottenham and Sadio Mane all but signed for Liverpool, Southampton are preparing a plan in order to bolster their ranks and prepare themselves for a Premier League and Europa League campaign next season.
Mirror has learned that Saints have set sights on Atletico Madrid striker Thomas Partey hoping that La Liga outfit will agree to loan out the 23-year-old who has been shipped out three times in last four seasons.
Partey was fairly impressive during his loan spells with spells at Real Mallorca and Almeria, while he also got a chance to show his worth playing for Atleti last season having made his senior debut for Atletico in November.
Ghana international failed to secure a first-team place under serious competition at Vicente Calderon and could be in line for another loan spell in order to gain first-team experience.
Southampton are getting ready for life after Ronald Koeman and are yet to appoint new manager with Frenchman Claude Puel is believed to be the club’s choice.