Southampton linked with double swoop for Gavin Bazunu and Irish-eligible starlet

Gavin Bazunu Southampton

Another Gavin Bazunu rumour..

Premier League side Southampton have been linked again with a move for Ireland international Gavin Bazunu, according to reports in the UK.

The Sun have claimed that the Saints are looking at bringing in the former Shamrock Rovers starlet, as they are also linked with a potential move for another Irish-eligible player.

Liam Delap, the son of former Irish international Rory, has also been linked with a move to the South Coast as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side attempt to prise away two of City’s most talented youngsters.

“Gavin [Bazunu] is ready to play in the Premier League, I am convinced of that..”

During the most recent League One campaign, Bazunu established himself as one of the most highly-rated shot-stoppers in the English Football League.

At Portsmouth, Bazunu was a near ever-present for Danny Cowley’s side, who missed out on a place in the League One playoffs.

But while they missed out, Bazunu earned a lot of praise for his efforts throughout the season, with his manager going as far as suggesting the Dubliner was ‘ready’ to ply his trade in the Premier League.

“Gavin [Bazunu] is ready to play in the Premier League, I am convinced of that,” Cowley explained at the time. “It is not something I would say lightly or make a throwaway comment, but I have never been more sure of anything in my life.

“He will be world-class. It has been an absolute privilege and pleasure to work with him in this time and I will miss him every single minute of every single day next season.

“But like I tell my children, be glad that it has happened, don’t be sad that it is over. He is a great kid and I will really enjoy watching his football journey.”

Liam Delap.

As for Delap, he has been forced to bide his time at City this season, although Southampton appear to have been impressed to the point of offering him his first chance of regular first-team football in the top-flight.

Delap, who is eligible for Ireland, has not played for the Boys in Green for a considerable period of time, and was recently involved with England’s U19 side.

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