Southampton are interested in loaning Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan, understand talkSPORT.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has identified the 24-year-old England midfielder as a replacement for former captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.
Hojbjerg joined Tottenham earlier this summer for around £ 15million and Hasenhuttl is now scouring the market to find another new central midfielder ahead of the October 5 deadline.
The Saints had talks about a deal for Everton’s Tom Davies, and are now eyeing Loftus-Cheek.
Loftus-Cheek has spent the past 16 months getting back in shape after a villainous ripped Achilles and was named in the starting lineup for Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Brighton on the opening day of the Premier League season .
However, the academy graduate didn’t seize his chance to impress and was left out of Frank Lampard’s last two teams, against Liverpool and Barnsley, leading to speculation about his long-term future at Stamford. Bridge.
After Brighton’s victory, Lampard defended Loftus-Cheek’s performance – but he could now be ready to loan him, with so many midfield options at his disposal at Chelsea this season.
Southampton are set to face competition to get the 24-year-old.
Aston Villa and West Ham are also linked with a move for the England international, while many other Premier League clubs are monitoring his situation.