Southampton have been linked with making a January move for Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer.

Alcacer was a reported £27 million signing from Valencia in 2016 but has struggled to be anything other than a bit-part player at the club and has failed to put the pressure on the likes of Luis Suarez in attack.

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A move to Italy has been mooted for the Spain international but he has also been linked with Crystal Palace and Southampton, with both in desperate need of some added firepower in attack.

Southampton have been less potent in attack than Mauricio Pellegrino would have liked so far. Image:PA

Struggling Palace's only goal this season came in a Carabao Cup win over Huddersfield, while staggeringly, Southampton have failed to find the net in eight of their last nine games at St Mary's and have only bagged five goals themselves this season, despite having decent options in the form of Manolo Gabbiadini, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond.

Prior to leaving for the Nou Camp, Alcacer scored a total of 29 goals in his last two seasons for Valencia. But since moving to the Blaugrana, the goals have dried up for him and he only managed eight in 28 appearances last term.

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The world-record departure of Neymar, or injury to the Brazilian's replacement Ousmane Dembele hasn't improved the 24-year old's game-time, as he has made a mere two appearances this season.

And the talk is that he is now available for transfer mid-season, with Southampton keeping tabs on Alcacer, according to Diario Sport, via TalkSPORT.

Saints fans, is Alcacer the ideal man to solve your goalscoring problems under Mauricio Pellegrino?

Sound off in the comments.

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