Southampton make a sensational eleventh hour swoop for Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino on loan until end of the season
- Southampton are making a last-minute swoop for Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino
- Saints want to sign 26-year-old Japanese attacker on loan until end of season
- He has played only seven minutes in the Premier League since December 19
Southampton have made a late bid to sign Liverpool’s Japan international midfielder Takumi Minamino.
The move for the 26-year-old, who signed for Liverpool from RB Salzburg in a £7.25m deal in December 2019 and made his debut the following month, comes after the Saints failed in an attempt to sign Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Liverpool full-back Neco Williams.
Minamino has played only six minutes of Premier League football since scoring in Liverpool’s 7-0 win at Crystal Palace in December and has been frustrated at his lack of opportunities.
Southampton are making a sensational swoop for Liverpool attacker Takumi Minamino on loan
Talks are progressing with Southampton are hopeful of beating the 11pm deadline.
Minamino would be the club’s only arrival of the January window in a relatively quiet month for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.
Southampton had been trying to secure a left-back before the window closed. This move would allow Shane Long to leave the St Mary’s Stadium.
Earlier in the day, the Reds completed their shock £2million deal for Preston centre-back Ben Davies with Jurgen Klopp needing cover in defence following long-term injuries to Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Defender Ozan Kabak is also set to join Liverpool in the final hours on Deadline day on loan from Schalke until the end of the season. The Premier League champions have an option to buy for £18million after the current campaign.