Southampton reportedly have ‘strong interest’ in promising keeper

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The SAINTS reportedly retain a ‘strong’ interest in Republic of Ireland international goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, with a shot-stopping solution needed this summer.

The 20-year-old has just returned to Manchester City after a successful loan spell with the Saints’ bitter rivals Portsmouth in League One.

The youngster has kept 16 clean sheets in 44 league appearances at Fratton Park and faces an important decision for his career this summer.

Bazunu signed a four-year deal at the Etihad Stadium in 2020 but is said to have been in talks over his future with Ederson aged just 28 and tied for 2026 in the City net.

The Irish Independent reports that he will either go on loan again next season or enter a permanent contract with a number of interested Premier League clubs.

They add that Everton are considering a deal if they offload England number one Jordan Pickford, while Bournemouth and Sheffield United have in the past been credited with interest.

But it is interest from the Saints that is reported to be the strongest, with a fix needed this summer as 34-year-old Fraser Forster nears the final month of his contract.

As of last week, the Daily Echo understands that the club had not approached Forster over a new deal and that the former Celtic man was unaware that Alex McCarthy was staying until it was revealed by the FA interim report.

Bazunu has a bright future ahead of him with seven international caps already accumulated, including a penalty from Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Irish broadcaster RTE’s Young Player of the Year award.

Gavin Bazunu during his loan spell at Portsmouth (Pic: PA)

With McCarthy staying at Saints and the club interested in bringing in a younger goalkeeper to push and learn from the 32-year-old, Bazunu could settle his goalkeeping situation for a decade to come.

The report also details that Manchester City could agree to sell the youngster, but with a buyout clause inserted into the deal. It would be a deal akin to the acquisition of Tino Livramento from Chelsea last summer.

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