Southampton scouts are tracking Red Star Belgrade hitman Richmond Boakye and saw him score in Sunday’s derby against Partizan. Saints sent a spy to Stadion Partizana for Serbia’s biggest domestic clash, which finished 1-1 after Ghana striker Boakye notched his third goal of the season on 77 minutes.
The 25-year-old impressed against Southampton in the summer when he scored for former club Jiangsu Suning in a pre-season match in China which Mark Hughes’ men won 3-2.
Jiangsu signed Boakye from the Serbia club for £5m last season but agreed to let him go back to Belgrade on a two-year deal when Red Star qualified for the Champions League.
Saints were the only Premier League club in attendance on Sunday but scouts from Galatasaray, Borussia Dortmund, Genoa, SPAL, Pescara, Fiorentina Villarreal, Real Valladolid, Getafe, Las Palmas and Lille were also present.
Not all of those would have been there specifically for Boakye but if the Ghana international continues to impress there could be hot competition for his signature again in 2019.