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Opinion: Southampton should push the boat out to sign 25-year-old on permanent deal this summer

Southampton brought in Flynn Downes from West Ham last summer after selling James Ward-Prowse.

Southampton bolstered their options in the middle of the park by luring the midfielder to St Mary’s.

Downes, 25, has since made 28 appearances for the Championship promotion hopefuls in all competitions, 27 of which have come in the league.

He is due to return to the London Stadium at the end of this season but the Saints should try and snap him up on a permanent basis.

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, Opinion: Southampton should push the boat out to sign 25-year-old on permanent deal this summer

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Downes has made a positive impression at Southampton and they need to sign him on a long-term basis, regardless of what league they find themselves in.

He is under contract at West Ham until the summer of 2027 but his chances of breaking into their first-team are slim under David Moyes.

The Hammers signed him in 2022 and he played 35 matches for them last term, 21 of which came in the Premier League. However, he fell out of favour with the London outfit, hence why he was allowed to depart last August.

Downes is a product of the Ipswich Town academy and rose up through their youth ranks before playing 99 games for their first-team. He also had a loan spell away at Luton Town during his time on the books at Portman Road.

, Opinion: Southampton should push the boat out to sign 25-year-old on permanent deal this summer
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Swansea City came calling in 2021 and he spent a single year with the Swans before West Ham lured him to London.

He has now found a home at Southampton and has found his feet under the guidance of Russell Martin.

The ex-England youth international is guaranteed regular minutes with the Saints, whereas with the Hammers he isn’t, and a move there permanently would suit all parties involved.

Martin’s men were beaten 3-2 away at Downes’ former club Ipswich last time out which is likely to have ended their hopes of making the top two.

Southampton have the chance to bounce back this weekend as they prepare to face Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park.

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