BOSS Ralph Hasenhuttl believes Saints will "definitely" add a midfielder into the squad before the transfer window closes next month.

The elongated window is set to stay open until October 16, more than a month into the Premier League season.

Saints have already added defenders Kyle Walker-Peters and Mohammed Salisu in the close-season, but are on the lookout for a midfielder to replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who has departed to join Tottenham Hotspur.

Asked if he feels Saints need further signings, Hasenhuttl said: "More needs to be done, absolutely. We know we have lost a 'six' with Pierre Hojbjerg and we need an alternative in this position.

"So we will definitely do something in the next weeks. There is still time to go.

"I think we have a good XI but we have a lot of games this season, so we need to add some alternatives."

Reports in Belgium have linked Saints with a move for Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis, with Wesley Hoedt possibly heading in the other direction.

Asked if Dennis was a transfer target, Hasenhuttl said: "I wouldn't want to discuss any rumours. We have a few players who have been on loan and get opportunities to stay on loan or go somewhere else. If that is an opportunity for us, we will take it.

"To bring somebody in, it can be a permanent deal or a loan option, however we keep our eyes open."