Claude Puel is embarking on his first season in English football, having taken over from Ronald Koeman at Southampton in the summer.
The Frenchman has made a good start to life on the South Coast and, despite not winning any of their first four Premier League games, the Saints sit eighth in the table.
This is as a result of a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, which at one stage included six clean sheets on the trot, with victories over Swansea, West Ham, and Burnley helping propel the Saints up the table.
This run also included their first two Europa League games, with an impressive 3-0 win over Sparta Prague succeeded by a 0-0 draw at Hapoel Be’er Shava. It was a 1-0 defeat at Inter Milan last week which ended Southampton’s unbeaten streak.
Nevertheless, Puel’s side have bounced back and picked up a credible draw at league leaders Manchester City last weekend, before progressing to the last eight of the League Cup at the expense of Sunderland on Wednesday.
However, Puel may feel that he needs to strengthen his squad ahead of the second half of the season, especially if his side progress into the Europa League knock-out stage, so here are THREE forwards he may look to sign in January…