Southampton are weighing up a move for Spezia forward David Okereke as they grow increasingly frustrated in their attempts to land Che Adams.
Southampton have seen two bids rejected for Adams, Birmingham’s 22-goal top scorer last season. The latest was £14m.
Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is keen to go ahead with his planned overhaul of his forward line, and now considering alternatives with Okerere high on their list.
Saints’ first-choice is Che Adams, but Birmingham have already turned down two big bids.
So far this summer, Hasenhuttl has added Mali winger Moussa Djenepo to his squad in a £14m move from Standard Liege.
Southampton have made a number of checks on Nigerian Under 23 international Okereke who scored 10 goals and set up 12 more in 30 appearances last season for Serie B side Spezia.
Okereke, 21, who is valued at around £12m, has also been linked in the past with West Ham and Crystal Palace.
By Adeboye Amosu