Danny Ings left Southampton FC to join Premier League rivals Aston Villa for a reported fee of £25 million earlier this week.
The England striker joined the Saints on loan from Liverpool in 2018 and later permanently in 2019. He played 91 league games during his time at the Saint Mary's Stadium, scoring 41 goals. He was the Saints' top goalscorer during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons and also won the Southampton Player of the Season accolade in 2020.
The departure of the former Liverpool striker has left a huge void to fill in the Saints' squad. They will be looking to replace him before the transfer deadline on August 31.
On that note, here's the list of three players who could replace Danny Ings at Southampton.
#3 Odsonne Edouard (Celtic)
Odsonne Edouard has established himself among the best strikers in the Scottish Premiership since joining Celtic from Paris St. Germain in 2017.
The former Paris St. Germain striker is blessed with electrifying pace and superb dribbling skills, giving him the ability to beat defenders with ease. He has an eye to pick a killer pass, while also being composed in front of goal. Edouard is an accomplished penalty taker as well and scored five goals from the spot last season.
The Frenchman has played 101 league games for the Hoops thus far, scoring 57 goals. He helped the club win three Scottish Premiership titles and won the Scottish Premiership Golden Shoe twice.
The 23-year old has been linked with a move to England's south coast this transfer window, but the Saints need to fight off competition from league rivals Brighton for his signature.
#2 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been mooted as a possible option to replace Danny Ings at Southampton.
Blessed with pace and good finishing skills, Abraham has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. He is an excellent reader of the game like Danny Ings and is smart with his movement in the box. The London-born striker is also very good in the air and won 1.8 headers per game last season.
The 24-year-old has played 58 league games for Chelsea thus far, scoring 21 goals. He finished as the Blues' top goalscorer during the 2019-20 season and also helped the club win the UEFA Champions League last season.
Nevertheless, he has struggled for game-time since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel and managed to start just 10 league games last season. He could move away from Stamford Bridge for regular game-time in the coming weeks. Southampton are among the clubs who have been linked with him in recent weeks.
#3 Adam Armstrong ( Blackburn Rovers)
Adam Armstrong enjoyed a strong 2020-21 Championship season with Blackburn Rovers and is currently among the most sought after attackers in English football.
The Newcastle-born attacker is a highly technical and intelligent attacker, who always poses a threat in the final third. He scored 28 goals in the Championship last season, a mark bettered only by Brentford's Ivan Toney.
Armstrong's current contract with Blackburn expires at the end of next season. This means Rovers might look to cash in for him this summer as opposed to letting him leave for free next season.
Crystal Palace and Norwich City have also shown interest in him in recent weeks. So the Saints need to act faster in order to sign the former Newcastle United attacker.