Southampton’s daring move on credit for Liverpool midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 10 years after he was traded as a teenager … with Ralph Hasenhutl seeking reinforcements after Danny Ings lost to Aston Ville
- Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reportedly sparks interest in Southampton
- The midfielder passed the club’s academy before being sold in 2011.
- Injuries have prevented him from progressing in Liverpool and he may be on the move.
Ings went to Aston Villa last week in a deal worth over £ 25 million.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl intends to reinvest in his team and speak it is reported that the return to St Mary’s for Oxlade-Chamberlain, who came through the club’s youth system, is of interest on the south coast.
Southampton is reportedly looking into a loan deal to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Ralph Hasenhuttl wants to strengthen his side after losing star striker Danny Ings to Aston Villa
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp gave Oxlade-Chamberlain many minutes in the preseason, even experimenting with him as a fake nine.
But Southampton reportedly believes the Reds are open to Oxlade-Chamberlain proposals.
The English midfielder played just 13 Premier League games last season and the battle for a spot in Liverpool’s midfield has been tough.
Oxlade-Chamberlain was tested by Liverpool as a fake number 9 in the preseason.
TalkSPORT added that Southampton also requested information on the availability of Takumi Minamino, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the club.
Any return to St Mary’s for Oxlade-Chamberlain would also be emotional if he joined them at the age of seven and continued his studies at the academy.
Southampton eventually sold it to Arsenal for £ 15million in 2011, before Liverpool bought it for £ 35million back in 2017.
Klopp usually used Oxlade-Chamberlain as a central midfielder, while at Arsenal he was often used on large courts.
Southampton also reportedly asked Liverpool about Takumi Minamino’s availability.
It is unclear how Hasenhuttl would like to use it if the credit move turns out to be successful.
Oxlade Chamberlain made his first team debut in Southampton at the age of 16, coming off the bench in a 5-0 win over Huddersfield in 2010.
He made his first appearance at Southampton 43 times before heading to north London.
Oxlade-Chamberlain has a contract until 2023 at Anfield, and Klopp knows the Reds are not forced to sell one of their teammates.