According to The Sunday Post, Southampton are looking to make a £10million bid for Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong after their attempts to sign the 25-year-old during the summer transfer window were knocked back.
The Hoops’ reason for not willing to listen to offers from suitors for the former Dundee United star was because of their Champions League qualification and subsequent group campaigns.
Despite still in Europe with a round of 32 Europa League encounters against Zenit St Petersburg in February, it’s believed Celtic might have since changed the goal post as per letting Armstrong leave.
After letting Dutch international Virgil van Dijk leave for Liverpool for £75million, the Saints have some cash to splash, and could even agree to pay more for their man.
Southampton are currently 17th on the EPL log after 22 rounds of games, and will look to strengthen their squad heavily this month.
Having played 20 games across all competitions this term – the joint-most by a Celtic outfield player – Armstrong remains a huge makeup of the Hoops starting XI, and it doesn’t look like he will be let go even if it were summer.
Will be player be willing to leave for the English topflight midway through a campaign or at the end of one? That remains to be seen, and one can only watch as things unfold as far as the rumour goes.