Report: Southampton join race for £135k-rated teenage international

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Southampton are reportedly one of the many Premier League and Championship sides interested in 19-year-old Motherwell striker James Scott.

According to TEAMtalk, the Saints, as well as the likes of south coast rivals Bournemouth and Premier League foes Everton and Sheffield United, are eyeing the teenager attacker since breaking into the first-team for the Scottish Premiership side last season.

Scott, who is valued on Transfermarkt at £135,000, has burst onto the scene at Fir Park this season following his three goals in the League Cup for the Scottish side as well as featuring in four of the opening five Premiership games so far this campaign as numbers from Transfermarkt show.

Although the centre-forward is yet to score in the league, Scott’s impact in the senior squad has been impressive as Motherwell currently stand third in the league table, two points off second-place Rangers and boasting a goal record only bettered than the two heavyweights of Scottish football.

As well as impressing at club level, Scott is beginning to take his form into the international scene with the 19-year-old making his Scotland U-21 debut last month, coming on as a substitute against San Marino in a 2-0 win for the home nation.

With a multitude of clubs reportedly interested in Scott, Southampton face stern competition for a striker that is already competing in the top-flight of his native country, yet the Saints would be an ideal next club for the 19-year-old attacker.

Southampton’s reputation of not only playing youth but also neutering it is unrivalled in the Premier League, with the likes of Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Luke Shaw all flourishing at the club before moving on, and for Scott, it will be the ideal next step in his career.

With Shane Long now aged 32 and Ralph Hasenhuttl playing with a two-striker formation, Scott will seemingly be given some first-team minutes should the Scottish youth international decide to take his talents south of the border, and with the Southampton’s reputation of neutering young players, it could be a match made in heaven.



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