Southampton have shortlisted Lille centre-forward Timothy Weah as a target, but a report has revealed why they would have their work cut out to get him.
Weah joined Lille in 2019 from Paris Saint-Germain, after a loan spell with Celtic. In the time since, the forward – son of the legendary George Weah – has scored just eight goals in 75 appearances.
However, at 22 years of age, he remains a player of potential. Therefore, other clubs have been lurking to see if they can capitalise on his situation.
According to Foot Mercato in France, there has been interest from Southampton and Valencia.
Southampton had Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea to play up front in 2021-22. However, his long-term future is unclear as he returns to his parent club.
Therefore, they may require further options in attack. Only six clubs scored fewer goals than them in the 2021-22 Premier League.
While Weah is yet to earn a goalscoring reputation himself, Southampton clearly have some belief that he could benefit their attack.
However, they look set to miss out on his signature. Per Foot Mercato, Lille are not looking to sell the USA international.
Still under contract until 2024, Weah has the faith of his current employers in Ligue 1. After scoring three goals in his last two appearances of the season – even though that was his full tally for the campaign – Lille are hoping he can come good next term.
Early Timothy Weah decision beneficial for all parties
Hence, Southampton and Valencia should miss out on his signature. Although, perhaps if things do not improve much for the American, an interest could remain further down the line.
Finding out Lille’s stance so early should allow Southampton to focus on more attainable targets. Perhaps they would even be able to find a more reliable goal-getter.
From Weah’s perspective, knowing Lille still trust him will be beneficial. It is now up to him to reward their faith.
And if he excels in the process, his suitors elsewhere are unlikely to lose sight of him. Weah may yet have a future in the Premier League, even if he has work to do to prove he deserves it.