Saints squad must be reduced - Hasenhuttl
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has opened up the exit door after revealing he wants to reduce the size of his squad.
The Saints, who are battling against relegation, currently have a full 25-man Premier League squad of senior players, with promising youngsters Yan Valery, Josh Sims, Tyreke Johnson, Callum Slattery and Kayne Ramsay on top of those options as they are listed as Under-21's.
Hasenhuttl has revealed he would be keen on adding some players to his squad this month, although he will need to trim down his current squad in order to register the new arrivals.
Right-back Cedric Soares is said to be close to joining Inter Milan on loan for the rest of the season while goalkeeper Fraser Forster is allowed to leave if the right offer comes in.
Speaking about the options at his disposal, Hasenhuttl has revealed he would ideally like to get rid of around five to seven senior players.
"I think not more than 20 - or 18 - and the rest with young players," he said. "We have the chance to teach them, the chance to have an eye on them, to show them they are part of our training group. That's enough.
"Maybe if you have only one challenge in the year, like the Premier League, OK there are two cup competitions, but if you have only one competition it's enough to have 18 and maybe a few young players behind."
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