Vlad Chiriches would provide some extra competition in a leaky Southampton back line.
The No. 1 issue for Southampton is the leaky back line. Southampton has yet to keep a clean sheet in the Premier League and has conceded a league-high 30 goals, seven more than Queens Park Rangers.
The central defense pairing of Jose Fonte and Maya Yoshida seems to be gaining cohesion. While the tidal wave of goals has at least slowed to a lazy stream, with the Saints only conceding four goals in the past three matches, there is still work to be done.
With Jos Hooiveld being the only other real option at center back, depth is a real concern.
Vlad Chiriches, a central defender from Steaua Bucharest, has been attracting attention with his play in the Europa League as Steaua comfortably lead their group. The 22-year-old is also a fixture in the Romanian national team, already making 14 appearances.
The Romanian defender is attracting interest from several clubs, including Barcelona, Chelsea, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Zenit St. Petersburg, according to Sky Sports.
While the competition for Chiriches' signature appears to be fierce, the asking price—believed to be in the neighborhood of 4-5 million pounds according to transfermarkt,co.uk—wouldn't scare Southampton away.
Saints have already paid more than that for Jay Rodriguez and Gaston Ramirez this season, and chairman Nicola Cortese is full of ambition.