Saints are reportedly negotiating a deal with Club Brugge to bring striker Emmanuel Dennis to St Mary’s, according to reports in Belgium.
Brugge are understood to desperately be interested in signing Saints defender Wesley Hoedt, but would prefer a loan rather than pay the £7.3million reported asking price.
However, Saints are said to be keen to let Hoedt leave on a permanent deal with Voetbalkrant reporting they hope to strike a deal to knock some money off the price for the 22-year-old Dennis, by offering Hoedt as part of the transfer.
In quotes translated from the Belgian outlet, Saints would like to “haggle several million off the asking price through Hoedt” to snap up the Nigeria international.
The Super Eagles forward joined Brugge from Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk in 2017.
He scored 28 goals in 105 appearances, including a brace in the Santiago Bernabeu against Real Madrid in the Champions League last season.