Liverpool transfer news: Takumi Minamino in ‘advanced’ talks to join Southampton
Liverpool: Ozan Kabak in profile
Southampton are reportedly in ‘advanced’ negotiations to seal a late swoop for Takumi Minamino from Liverpool. The Reds have been the busiest club in the Premier League on deadline day as they look to solve their defensive crisis.
Ben Davies’ move to Anfield has since been confirmed while Ozan Kabak is also expected to be announced in the near future.
The 25-year-old joins on a long-term contract from Preston while Kabak will sign a short-term loan deal from Schalke with an option to buy in the summer.
That was expected to be Liverpool’s only business on deadline day, but it appears as though outgoings could also be on the agenda.
And Minamino could be set for a sensational switch from Liverpool to Southampton.
According to The Athletic, talks are in an ‘advanced’ stage for Southampton to sign Minamino on loan until the end of the season.
Nothing is said to be finalised, but there is reportedly growing excitement on the south coast about the possibility of signing Minamino.
The Japan international has struggled to make an impact at Anfield since joining from Red Bull Salzburg a year ago.
Klopp has repeatedly stated that the 26-year-old needs time to get up to speed in the Premier League, but the versatile forward has started just two Premier League games all season.
He did score his first Premier League goal in the 7-0 win over Crystal Palace back in December, but Minamino has only played six minutes of top flight action since.
Minamino had been the preferred option to come in and play through the middle as back up to Roberto Firmino originally.
But he’s since fallen down the pecking order behind Divock Origi, while Xherdan Shaqiri has also been preferred in midfield.
The summer arrival of Diogo Jota also pushed Minamino out of the team further with the Portuguese forward set to return from injury this month.
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