SAINTS have reportedly “shown an interest” in the loan signing of Tottenham Hotspur’s Dele Alli, as the clock ticks down to transfer deadline day next week.

The Telegraph report details that Brighton are thought to have been watching the 25-year-old attacking midfielder, who has made just 10 Premier League appearances this season, through club director Dan Ashworth.

It suggests £100,000-a-week wages, and it is yet to be seen if Saints are prepared to cover that package fully. 

The report continues to add that there is further interest from Germany, potential destinations where Dele could kickstart again.

Dele’s last Premier League appearance was 60 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Saints, at St Mary’s.

However, between 2015-18 in the Premier League, the England international scored 37 goals in 106 matches and was in the PFA Team of the Year for the division twice.

His last goal this campaign came on matchday two, in a 1-0 win over Wolves in August.

Dele would add to manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s ‘10’ options, which are currently depleted by Moussa Djenepo’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign. If Mali were to even reach the final he would still be back by February 10.

The Saints boss has said the club are able to pull the trigger on a deal if they find the right player, although Hasenhuttl has indicated that he would like to pursue another Tino Livramento-style deal.