Chelsea is in the market for a forward with Thomas Tuchel still undecided on Timo Werner after a disappointing first season in England.
With reports that Tammy Abraham is set to leave Stamford Bridge, the Chelsea hierarchy had earmarked Borussia Dortmund marksman Erling Haaland as their dream summer signing but talks look to have stalled and a deal appears unlikely.
The German side are unwilling to let their Norweigan prodigy leave Signal Iduna Park even if it means they lose out on £100 million from the sale; Haaland has a £65 million release clause that becomes active next summer.
The Saints forward is entering the final year of his contract and might be available at a cut-price fee unless Ralph Hassenhuttel wants to risk losing him for free this time next year.
The 21-year-old was a shining light at West Brom last campaign and caught the eye at the Hawthorns despite the Baggies eventual relegation.