Is Gaitan The Man ?
Thursday, 11th Jan 2018 16:00 by Arron Sanders
Arron Sanders looks at one of the linked signings for Saints this transfer window and asks whether it will be ultimately his wages that will prove the stumbling block.
Southampton are interested in Atletico Madrid's Argentine Playmaker Nicolas Gaitan during the January transfer window.
Mauricio Pellegrino has been tracking the Argentine star since before Christmas, and just like fellow Argentinan Guido Carrillo knows him from his time managing a previous side.
The 29-year-old has been afforded limited first-team opportunities under Diego Simeone since joining from Benfica where his highly regarded and linked with moves to some of Europes top clubs.
Gaitan is keen on a move to the Premier League in order to boost his hopes of making Argentina's World Cup squad this summer.
Yet as with ex saint Theo Walcott his £100,000-a-week wage could prove a stumbling block for any possible deal.
West Ham had shown an interest in the midfielder but David Moyes has decided against preparing an offer in the current transfer window.
Gaitan made his name in Europe during six years with Benfica, where he won the Primera Liga three times.
He won the last of his 16 international caps in 2016 and is an outside bet to make Jorge Sampaoli's 23-man squad for Russia this Summer.
The Argentine would no doubt add some creativity which is currently lacking in the this seasons Saints side.
What do you make of the links to with Gaitan Saints fans? Would you welcome him to the South coast?
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