Southampton’s Paul Onuachu has been on loan at Trabzonspor since last summer, and has managed nine goals and three assists from 17 games for the Turkish club this season.

On February 14th, Fotospor reported Trabzonspor president Ertuğrul Doğan has started negotiations with Southampton for the striker. A day later, Sabah stated they are pleased with his form and would make an offer to the Saints.

The Nigeria international has returned from AFCON and came off the bench in his side’s league win over Pendikspor last weekend.

Trabzonspor manager Abdullah Avcı was asked about the possibility of retaining the 29-year-old beyond this season, and his quotes are relayed by Ajanspor. When responding to that, he stated the Southampton owned player’s future needs to be determined.

“As of now, we want to get the maximum efficiency from the players inside. They came from AFCON, they have physical fatigue. We will sit and talk to each other, find out their wishes and see. We are talking about the current situation right now,” he said.

Two days ago, Gunebakis reported the frontman isn’t willing to play in the Championship, and that Trabzonspor’s potential deal would depend on where Russel Martin’s side will finish this season.

Southampton are fourth in the Championship table, two points behind second placed Leeds United. Their failure to return to the top flight would improve Trabzonspor’s chances of retaining Onuachu.