According to The Daily Mail, Southampton are one of a number of teams considering signing Glasgow Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara as the January transfer window opens.
Sheffield United, Norwich and others are also reputed to be scouting his talents, by watching his last six performances, after being alerted to him.
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard was informed that many English Premier League scouts were regularly requesting complementary Ibrox tickets to suss out the growing reputation of the quality of his players.
Speaking to the Glasgow Times, former Finland boss Mixu Paatelainen has heaped praise on Rangers star Kamara and said the ‘fantastic’ midfielder will only get better.
Kamara has already played in 35 games for club and country this season and been in superlative form, including in last Sunday’s match at Celtic Park.
Since Kamara only joined Rangers in January 2019, and is now a mainstay of the starting XI, why would Gerrard allow him to leave so soon?
Especially, when the ‘Light Blues’ are in a strong position to win the SPFL, Scottish Cup and are in the later stages of the Europa League competition.
The 23-year-old has played 32 games under Gerrard, and has forced his way to becoming one of his manager’s favourite players at the club.
For a club like Rangers to contemplate selling a star player, the offer would have to be exceptional.
Ex-Dundee manager Neil McCann, who brought Kamara to Scotland, has told the Scottish Sun he believes the Rangers midfielder is now worth a minimum of £10 million.
Back in August, Arsenal paid Celtic £25 million for 22-year-old Kieran Tierney, a Scotland left back with some Champions League experience.
Rangers could argue that their player is as good a proposition as Tierney, but it’s up to a buying manager’s opinion to his potential re-sell worth.
There is no doubt that Kamara would fit in with what Southampton are needing in their engine room. He’s tall, young, strong and a versatile midfield maestro, who would improve almost any team immensely.
He can play the holding defensive position, central midfield or further up the park, so he has three chances of playing first team football.
Kamara will enhance the chances of winning more games, no matter what team he eventually plays for, as he has proven already to Gerrard and Rangers.
No disrespect to Rangers, but I get the distinct impression that Kamara would further improve his natural ability by playing alongside footballers of a much higher calibre.
This would enable him to achieve his full potential and advance his career to yet another level.
With his ability to keep a hold of the ball, and pass it around quickly, he appears to suit most teams attacking way of playing the beautiful game.
Southampton do lack strength and depth when it comes to their midfield, so it is no surprise to see them looking at options in that area of the pitch.
Kamara is clearly catching the eye, with three or more Premier League teams interested in the player who is helping to boss the midfield for Rangers up in Scotland – as they battle against Celtic for the title.
A move for Kamara could be an extremely shrewd bit of business for the right club. He has his best years ahead and will add more depth and quality to any squad.