, ‘Why not?’ – Southampton loan ace shares encouraging stance over permanent transfer move

‘Why not?’ – Southampton loan ace shares encouraging stance over permanent transfer move

Southampton loan man Joe Rothwell has said he is ‘massively open’ to staying with the club beyond the end of his temporary stint.

Southampton signed two players on loan from Bournemouth in the January transfer window. Midfielder Joe Rothwell and winger David Brooks both arrived at St. Mary’s in search of more game time.

It’s a level former Manchester United talent Rothwell is more than familiar with. He now has 161 Championship appearances to his name, with nine of those coming under Russell Martin.

The 29-year-old has seen seven of his nine outings come as a substitute but his impact has still been felt. Rothwell has netted four times, coming as braces in goal-filled wins over Huddersfield Town and Sunderland.

He’s been a reliable option of the bench and has added serious depth to the midfield ranks.

Now, Rothwell has been quizzed on the possibility of staying with Southampton on a permanent basis. When posed the question by the Daily Echo, the midfielder replied:

“Why not?

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here. If my time at Bournemouth has come and passed, then it’s something I’m massively open to. But I’m not thinking about that at the minute.

“My main focus is to finish as high as we can and hopefully get into those automatic spots to get this club back to the Premier League.”

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, ‘Why not?’ – Southampton loan ace shares encouraging stance over permanent transfer move

Who is this?

A deal to look into?

As Rothwell says himself, why not?

He’s enjoyed his time with Southampton since moving and if game time is going to be limited back at parent club Bournemouth, he’ll likely benefit from a summer move. The Manchester-born midfielder will certainly be an asset for the Saints, regardless of how their push for Premier League promotion ends.

His Cherries contract runs until the summer of 2026 so a deal will require a fee. It’s hard to see his parent club demanding a sizeable fee though, so it certainly looks to be a feasible deal.

Until then though, the full focus is on the fight for a rise from the second-tier.

, ‘Why not?’ – Southampton loan ace shares encouraging stance over permanent transfer move
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Martin’s side currently sit 4th in the Championship table after back-to-back wins. Six points separates them and the top two but Southampton boast the advantage of a game in hand.

The Saints are not in action this weekend so will have to wait until after the international break for their next tie. Middlesbrough will be in town on March 29th as they look to maintain their late charge for the play-off spots.

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