Southampton are set to rival Arsenal and West Ham United for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham after the shock sale of Danny Ings to Aston Villa.
Ings was confirmed as a Villa player on Wednesday in a deal that came out of the blue.
The 29-year-old has scored 101 goals at senior level, including 46 in 100 appearances for the Saints.
He will leave a big void to fill as Southampton look to sort out a replacement in the next few weeks.
And according to the Evening Standard, Chelsea outcast Tammy Abraham is near the top of their shopping list.
The Englishman made 22 Premier League appearances last term, scoring six goals, but was left out of the squad entirely on multiple occasions.
He has also been linked with London rivals West Ham and Arsenal, but neither club is keen to meet the Blues’ £40million asking price.
The report also states that the Saints are keen to bring Abraham in on a temporary basis while Chelsea want the 23-year-old to depart for good this transfer window.
The England international would be a good replacement for Ings and will likely partner Che Adams up front for Ralph Hasenhuttl if he makes the move to the south coast.
Italian club Atalanta have also been linked with a move for Abraham as they could lose Duvan Zapata to Inter Milan.
However, Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn believes Abraham fits the profile of a potential signing for the club.
Winterburn said (via Goal): “He certainly would fit the bill of recent Arsenal signings, young with a point to prove.
“People will question his consistency but what you want is for these young players to get a run in the team.
“Is he going to get a run in a team if Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is playing well? Probably not unless Aubameyang can be switched to the left-hand side – although you then need to leave out either Nicolas Pepe or Bukayo Saka.
“With Abraham, there’s potential there and development for a young, young player. So, I think it’s an option [for] Arsenal, although with Alexandre Lacazette being linked with a move away, it could be just a name that has been thrown into a hat.”