Southampton failed in their attempts to sign AC Milan’s Jens Petter Hauge, according to Calciomercato.
The winger has four goals and an assist to his name this season, after having arrived at the San Siro from Bodø/Glimt last summer.
It’s claimed the Serie A side received at least three proposals, most likely in the recently concluded winter market, for the 21-year-old and it included one from the Saints.
Bayer Leverkusen and VfB Stuttgart, along with Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side, ‘knocked’ on Milan’s door to take the Norway international ‘on loan with the right to redeem’.
However, Milan chief Paolo Maldini ‘never considered’ the proposals made by the aforementioned clubs as he believes Stefano Pioli will need to have more men at his disposal for the second half of the season.
Hauge’s signing is a result of ‘well structured work’ from the Italian club’s scouts, who studied the player carefully for a year before completing his transfer.
Milan’s technical leaders have great confidence in the attacker as they are of the belief Hauge is a ‘player with incredible growth’, but he needs to be given time to adjust and acclimatise.