By Sam Stone

14th Jul, 2022 | 8:05am

View: Liam Delap would thrive if he made the move to Southampton

Southampton eying a permanent move for Liam Delap would be another example of the excellent summer business that has taken place at St Mary’s.

The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano revealed on Wednesday 13 July (via Twitter) that Southampton are interested in a permanent move for the Manchester City youngster.

If they did land the 19-year-old it would be another piece of astute business from the Saints and also a good move for Delap.

Delap has been in excellent form for Manchester City’s under-23 side this season scoring eight goals and managing two assists in Premier League two in the 2021/22 season.

Furthermore, Delap has a remarkable record of 35 goals and nine assists in 36 games for Manchester City’s under-23 side.

The 19-year-old has yet to be given a proper chance in Manchester City’s first team plans and a move to Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side would be an excellent piece of business for all parties.

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Southampton need to add some firepower up front and Delap would certainly provide the Saints with goalscoring pedigree at the top end of the pitch.

The youngster’s instinctive finishing ability could thrive in a team that gets the ball forward quickly and relies upon their strikers to be clinical in front of goal.

Delap would follow Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Lavia in making the move to Southampton from the Etihad and it would not be a shock to see all three become big success stories during their time at St Mary’s.

Southampton are world-renowned for their development of young talent and Delap could become a complete forward if he did make a permanent switch to the Saints.

In other Southampton news, Chelsea youngster Levi Colwill targeted by Saints for a summer move