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Southampton boss Mark Hughes eyes swoop for Barcelona outcast Paco Alcacer

Hughes is desperate to rectify chronic lack of goals that nearly cost Saints top flight status last season

Southampton are tracking Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer, according to reports.

Alcacer, 24, moved to the Nou Camp in 2016 for £30million after hitting 29 goals for Valencia in two seasons at the Mestalla.

Paco Alcacer is wanted by Southampton

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Paco Alcacer is wanted by Southampton

But his move to the Catalan giants has turned sour after failing to break into the Barcelona attack, with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and – before his move to PSG – Neymar preferred.

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But the Spaniard has been a good alternative for the La Liga champions scoring 15 goals in 50 appearances, with most of them coming from the bench.

Now the Mirror reckon Alacer has had enough of playing second fiddle with things getting even worse if Antoine Griezmann arrives from Atletico Madrid.


Saints boss Mark Hughes is looking to reshape his squad and last season’s lack of goals is something he needs to address.

Paco Alcacer moved to Barca from Valencia in 2016

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Paco Alcacer moved to Barca from Valencia in 2016

Mark Hughes was all smiles at the final whistle despite seeing his side lose

Despite survival Mark Hughes knows Saints need more firepower next season

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The South coast side survived the drop by the skin of their teeth scoring just 37 league goals with Charlie Austin top scorer with seven.

Manolo Gabbiadini and Shane Long managed hit a paltry seven league goals between them, a situation Hughes knows he must address.

The Welshman will hope Alcacer can be convinced to move to England and relish the challenge of being the main man at St Mary’s next season.

Stoke’s wantaway winger Xherdan Shaqiri is also on the Saint’s summer shopping list following the Potters relegation to the Championship.

Meanwhile, Hughes is facing a fight to hold on to Mario Lamina as Manchester City earmark the midfielder as s possible alternative Napoli’s Jorginho.

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