Foxes eye Baird swoop
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The 22-year-old recently penned a fresh two-year deal at St Mary's in the hope of forcing his way into the first team picture, but things are not looking too good for him on the South Coast.
Saints boss Paul Sturrock has left him out of the club's pre-season tour of Sweden, and his chances of first team action appear limited this season.
A number of clubs are now monitoring the situation, as Baird may have to go out on loan once again.
The Northern Ireland international spent time at Watford and Walsall last term, and The Hornets are again looking to bring him to Vicarage Road.
Leicester boss Micky Adams is at the head of the race to land Baird, after Ipswich Town manager Joe Royle claimed that he was not after the Southampton man.
Premiership newcomers West Brom and Norwich have also been linked with a swoop for Baird, with Stoke joining the throng of sides eyeing up the highly-rated defender.