Angus Gunn set to leave Southampton
Angus Gunn of Southampton reacts during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leicester City at St Mary's Stadium on October 25, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Southampton are looking to offload English goalkeeper Angus Gunn, with Ralph Hasenhuttl ready to give Fraser Forster another chance on the south coast. 

Gunn, who was replaced by Alex McCarthy as the Saints first-choice shot-stopper earlier in the season, has not made a Premier League appearance since October, with his last match in the league being in a record-breaking 9-0 defeat to Champions League hopefuls Leicester City.

Since then, the former Norwich City loanee has been limited to just three starts, all in the FA Cup, where he conceded four goals and kept one clean sheet. 

Fraser Forster set to return 

Unlike Mohamed Elyounoussi, who has already had his loan deal extended with Celtic until the end of the 2020/21 season, Forster will not be heading back to Scotland when the new season returns, and will instead fight for his place on the south coast.

The goalkeeper, who helped the Hoops win their ninth consecutive Scottish Premier League title, has impressed Austrian manager Hasenhuttl.

Before the league was curtailed, the England international kept 14 clean sheets in 28 matches, conceding just 16. 

Forster, who is one of the highest earners at Southampton, has two years left on his current contract. 

McCarthy keeping the number one spot

Since the Saints harrowing 9-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester, it has been McCarthy who has stepped up to play in goal. In that time, Southampton has moved from 18th in the league table, fighting against relegation, to 14th, 13 points above the drop zone. 

Since his return, McCarthy, who joined the Saints from Crystal Palace in 2016, has conceded 30 goals in 22 games, keeping five clean sheets. 

Despite their rise up the league with McCarthy in goal, only Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has more errors leading to goals (5), with memorable blunders against West Ham and Arsenal costing the Saints when the game was still level.

However, unlike Gunn, Hasenhuttl has stuck with the 30-year-old as his first choice shot-stopper despite his mistakes, making an exit even more probable for the Englishman. 

Demoted to the third-choice goalkeeper

The return of Forster and the confidence showed in McCarthy would drop out of favour Gunn to the role of a third-choice goalkeeper - a role unexpected for a player who started the opening 10 Premier League fixtures.

As a result, it is likely that the former England youth international will be looking to find a new club in the summer. 

At the age of 24, Gunn has plenty of experience under his belt, with over 60 appearances in the Championship and Premier League. 

His best season came in the 2017-18 season for Norwich, with the former Manchester City man keeping 15 clean sheets in 46 games, being voted in third place for the Fans' Player of the season.

Southampton picked him up the following season for £13.5m from the Citizens, making his league debut in January - keeping a clean sheet against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge

However, as said previously, his failure to nail down his spot in the Southampton side will mean a move away from the south coast is expected. 

The Saints may struggle to find a suitor willing to pay the £13.5m fee they paid just two years ago, with the south coast side having similar issues with Wesley Hoedt, Mario Lemina, Guido Carrillo, and Elyounoussi, so a loan move with an option to buy may be the only way to move him on for the following season without losing a substantial fee.

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