According to a report in the print version of The Sun on June 20 (page 52), Everton and Southampton are both targeting an £18m move to sign Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy, but the Australia international should join the Toffees if it comes down to a choice between the two clubs.
Well, The Sun reports that the 27-year-old is on both Marco Silva and Mark Hughes’ summer transfer wish-list following an impressive debut campaign in the Premier League with the Terriers, who avoided relegation against the odds.
The Telegraph report on June 13 that the new Toffees boss is willing to give Morgan Schneiderlin a fresh start following a difficult 2017/18 campaign in which he was heavily criticised by his own fans for his performances, the pursuit of Mooy suggests that the Portuguese manager isn’t completely satisfied with the central midfield options he has inherited.
Meanwhile, Hughes is also looking for reinforcements in the centre of the park after his team narrowly avoided relegation to the Championship last term, and the Welshman has been impressed with the Australian’s all-action displays, energy and quality on the ball.
He was excellent.
The 27-year-old stepped up from the Championship to the Premier League seamlessly and he was hugely influential in midfield as David Wagner’s men proved the bookies wrong and preserved their top flight status for at least another 12 months.
Mooy made 36 Premier League appearances in total, scoring four goals and providing a further three assists.
Mooy showed for Huddersfield last season and for Australia in their opening 2018 World Cup group fixture against France on Saturday that he is ready to make the next step, and the Toffees, who will be making the signing of the summer if they complete remarkable £36m transfer, certainly look a better option for him seeing as they are the more ambitious club right now.
Playing regularly will be a priority for the 27-year-old if he does move on, but given he would be competing with the likes of Schneiderlin and Idrissa Gueye he would surely fancy his chances of being a starter for the Merseyside outfit, and he would have more chance of achieving European football with them than with Saints right now.