Republic of Ireland striker Michael Obafemi is being linked with a loan move to Swansea City.

The 20-year-old has made just two appearances off the bench for Southampton this season and does not appear to be in manager Ralph Hasenhuttl's short-term plans.

Steve Cooper's Swans are second in the Championship and looking to further bolster their attacking options to strengthen their promotion push in the spring. 

Jamal Lowe and Andre Ayew have both been in good form for the Welsh club, but they are in the market for another goal threat. Last season, Liverpool's Rhian Brewster enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Swansea before sealing a summer move to Sheffield United.

In November, Hasenhuttl was forthright about why Obafemi has not seen many minutes this term, saying: "If you know me as a coach, then you know that for me the form is more important than the talent.

"When somebody shows me more in the sessions, then I am always keen to take him and give him a chance.

"When you see our actual squad, there are seven or eight players when I arrived or during the time I've been here, there have been moments where they haven't been selected for the squad at all.

"This is tough, but they know when they show up, they always have a chance to come back."

Obafemi has also recently been overlooked by Ireland boss Stephen Kenny, despite the team's goalscoring drought.