By Joe Ellis

17th Jun, 2022 | 12:00pm

Southampton seek triple Manchester City swoop for Cole Palmer, Liam Delap and James McAtee - report

Southampton could make a triple move for Manchester City trio Cole Palmer, Liam Delap and James McAtee, according to talkSPORT.

The Saints are already closing in on signing Republic of Ireland international Gavin Bazunu from the Premier League champions to be their new number one but Ralph Hasenhuttl might not stop there.

He is also keen to improve the attack at St Mary’s Stadium and the Citizens’ most promising trio have all been put on his wishlist for this summer transfer window.

McAtee in particular is a player who holds high hopes having scored 18 goals for the Man City Under-23s in the Premier League 2 last season while Palmer has gone on to play and score for Pep Guardiola’s side in the FA Cup and Champions League.

Delap had been on course for a similarly successful campaign but was thwarted with injuries.

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If Hasenhuttl wants an attack that has played together for a while then why not go and buy them all from the same team?

Manchester City have one of the best academies in the country but the bar for those youngsters to break into the senior team is incredibly high and only Phil Foden has managed to make the jump recently.

Palmer, Delap and McAtee are all a bit away from being capable of regular football at the Etihad Stadium so they could well need a loan move elsewhere in the Premier League.

The champions may also be keen to keep them all together if they can so with Southampton interested in them all, they could get something of a package deal if they agree to certain playing time demands.

After a poor end to the 2021-22 campaign, Hasenhuttl needs to reinvest in a big way and this could be the smartest move he makes all summer if he pulls it off.

In other Southampton news, one of their own midfield starlets could be in line for some game time next season after his stunning Under-23s debut at 16 years of age.