Southampton have now agreed on a fee for the signing of Nottingham Forest-linked striker Mislav Orsic, according to Ryan Taylor of the Daily Express. The Reds were reportedly interested in signing the Croatian during the summer transfer window.
Yesterday, the Saints had feared as though the deal to sign the player could be scuppered. Their first offer was deemed far too low and Dinamo Zagreb had been willing to walk away, as per various reports.
Last night, however, Southampton were booed off the pitch as they lost 1-0 to Forest. Nathan Jones is clearly desperate for reinforcements and as a result, the Saints have moved quickly behind the scenes.
Orsic is in good form during the 2022/23 campaign. He’s found the net 13 times for Dinamo Zagreb, including the winner in a famous victory over Chelsea in the Champions League.
The 30-year-old has a decent track record against Premier League clubs. He scored against West Ham in Europe last season and the year previous he scored a famous hat-trick to knock Tottenham out of the Europa League.
At Southampton, he will face his biggest challenge yet. The atmosphere at the south coast club was toxic last night and they’re facing a drop into the Championship given their current form.
Southampton have agreed Orsic fee and Forest shouldn’t worry too much
Given his age, it’s hard to imagine this being a long-term fix for Southampton. They need a player who has never played in England to come in and make an immediate impact which seems a long shot.
Orsic can play but it’s whether he can adapt quickly enough to save the Saints. He can operate on the left or through the middle as a centre-forward and his versatility could help.
It’s fair to say that Forest have better options though. Gustavo Scarpa has arrived to add to an attacking department that already boasts some serious talent.
Orsic, it’s believed, is set to undergo a medical in England imminently but Forest shouldn’t dwell too much on missing out on the 27-cap World Cup player.