Arsenal attacking midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looks set to leave the Emirates this summer following a season hampered by injuries that has the England international now wondering if he will be called up to Roy Hodgson’s England squad for this summer’s European Championships.
This lack of football for the 22-year-old has made Southampton decide that they will make him their No.1 summer target, and are prepared to make him not only the vice-captain, but the highest paid player on the team to return to Saint Marys.
Manchester City, West Ham and Chelsea are also interested in signing the pacy England attacker, but Southampton believes their deal will trump anything being offered by their Premier League rivals.
The Daily Mirror claims that Saints captain Jose Fonte has been trying to lure Oxlade-Chamberlain back to his former club.
Oxlade-Chamberlain left Southampton to join Arsenal in 2011 for £15 million, before going on to establish himself as not only a regular in Arsene Wenger’s team, but an England international as well.
Times have however changed, and given the Gunners current dynamics since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez and the emergence of Joel Campbell and Alex Iwobi the Ox may find that his best opportunity for regular first team football is no longer in North London.