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Rumour Roundup: Saints after MLS star?

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Southampton's attacking options are starting to look threadbare. Could New England Revolution forward Lee Nguyen be a viable option?

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The January transfer window rumour mill is in full swing. For many Saints fans, January can't come soon enough as it's becoming more apparent Southampton need to bolster an injury-hit starting XI. Many names have been thrown around the last week, including the likes of Kevin Kampl and Fabian Delph. But, reports from the USA say many English clubs, including Southampton, have taken a close look at New England Revolution midfielder Lee Nguyen as he helped his club to the MLS Cup final for the first time since 2007.

Nguyen was on PSV Eindhoven's books when Ronald Koeman managed the Dutch club, and could well rate him highly. This season, the American forward-thinking midfielder notched an impressive 20 goals and eight assists in 2014 -  making him the highest ever scoring midfielder in an MLS season. This culminated with him being voted as the Boston-based club's MVP.

American players have had mixed success in the English football pyramid. Promising, young American forwards Brek Shea and Jozy Altidore have failed to impress, while the likes of Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Tim Howard, Brian McBride and Geoff Cameron all impressed during their stints across the pond.

At 28 years old, Nguyen isn't the young player Saints are often found clamoring for, but he could well be a viable option for a decent, modestly-priced addition to the Saints attack.