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Southampton linked with Unhappy Barcelona Forward

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Looks like Paco Alcacer’s Barcelona carrer is coming to the end as premier league side Southampton are reportedly preparing a January move for Barcelona’s out-of-favour striker.That’s according to The Sun’s Gary Stonehouse, who reports Saints have identified the former Valencia man as the solution to their immense attacking problems.

Per the report, Barcelona are willing to negotiate a move, as the 24-year-old has failed to live up to expectations and has barely featured this season. He cost the Catalans £30 million a year ago.An exit seems inevitable and could happen as early as January―especially if the Catalans want to bring in another striker for depth and need to clear out space to do so.

Despite his troubles at the Nou Camp, Alcacer has a fine goalscoring record throughout his career.After hitting 42 in 64 matches for Valencia’s second-string after his breakthrough from the youth side he was promoted to the senior set-up.He repaid that faith with 30 goals in 93 games before earning his big move to Barca.Southampton spent big in January to sign Italian international Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli.

But after six goals in his first four matches he has only found the net once since.Ernesto Valverde gave no assurances about Paco Alcacer’s future at the club.Alcacer has not been utilised by Valverde since he played just over half an hour as a substitute in a 2-0 win at Deportivo Alaves on August 26.

He was an unused substitute as Barcelona beat Espanyol and Girona in their last two outings, and speculation over the 24-year-old’s future at the club is mounting.

“Paco was in the squad for the Girona game. Who knows what will happen in the future?” Valverde told reporters ahead of the trip to Estadio Jose Alvalade on Wednesday.

“There are 24 players in the squad and you’ll ask me every week about the players who aren’t in the team.

“I can’t pick them all. UEFA won’t allow that.”