Southampton manager Ralph Hassenhuttl faces competition from Bournemouth and Leicester in the race to capture Brentford defender Chris Mepham, according to reports in the Sun on Sunday (January 13, Page 59).
Rated at £7.2m by Transfermarkt, Mepham is a Wales international and at the age of 21, is the first successful graduate of Brentford’s B team, which is the only one of its kind in England since the club replaced their academy in 2016.
According to the aforementioned report, though the Saints have not registered any formal interest, the club are said to have had the player scouted a number of times over the last few months.
So would the signing of Mepham be good business for the Saints?
“Mepham is a Wales international and has improved incredibly in such a short space of time.
“The fact Brentford are struggling somewhat could be a reason for club’s to clamour for the 21-year-old.
“This would be a great fit for the player and the club – there is something about the pair that, to me, seem to fit one another.
“I could really see this being a great deal.”
“A brilliant signing.
“This is the sort of signing you want clubs like Southampton to be making. Dipping into the lower leagues to find the next big things.
“He would cost a hefty amount but there is a good chance he could go on to make them plenty as well.”
“It’s not surprising he’s the subject of interest.
“He’s a big lad and he’s proving himself to be a capable and competent defender.
“The Bees don’t look like earning promotion either, so if he wants to step up, it’s got to be a move.
“Seems like a wise move for Southampton.”
“It’d be an excellent signing.
“Mepham is far too good of an option to be playing in the Championship, and I’m surprised he’s not left Brentford yet.
“He has been a rare bright spark in the last couple of seasons for the Bees and he would be more than confident of breaking into the Southampton starting XI if he signed for the Saints.”