Davide Zappacosta’s cruciate ligament injury in training earlier this month is a problem AS Roma could have done without.

Already struggling with injuries at fullback, the Chelsea loanee’s big setback has forced them to look at a potential January signing, with Elseid Hysaj one of the first names mentioned.

However, another has popped up, and that’s Southampton’s Cédric Soares.

The news comes from AS Roma Live, who have apparently learnt the Portuguese defender has been offered to the Italian side as a potential low cost January option.

The Southampton man’s contract runs out in June of next year, and there’s a belief Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side could be interested in selling for a small fee in January instead of seeing him leave on a free next summer.

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The 28-year-old has been in and out of the first-team at St Mary’s this season, used mostly as a utility man by his manager, playing three games in three different positions in the Premier League before being dropped altogether for the matches against Tottenham and Chelsea.

Such use could force him to look elsewhere for stability, and we’ll have to see if Roma consider him seriously in the coming weeks, especially with Napoli’s demands for Hysaj out of their price range for the time being.