According to an exclusive report by The Telegraph, Ralph Hasenhuttl is Southampton’s top managerial target to replace Mark Hughes after the Welshman was sacked on Monday morning, but could his arrival at St Mary’s see the club move for Everton winger Ademola Lookman in January?
Well, the south coast outfit announced on Monday that they had dismissed the 55-year-old as the club’s run without a Premier League win stretched to 10 matches following the 2-2 draw with Manchester United at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Saints currently lie in 18th position only having won one of their 14 top flight fixtures so far this term, and they once again surrendered a winning position as the Red Devils came from 2-0 down to take a point back to Old Trafford.
The Southampton hierarchy are now said to want the out-of-work Hasenhuttl who was fired by RB Leipzig at the end of the previous campaign, and he certainly knows Lookman well.
If Hasenhuttl did take the reins at St Mary’s it would certainly be no surprise to see him at least attempt to bring the 21-year-old Toffees star south in the New Year.
Following a difficult spell under Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park, the England U21 international enjoyed much more success during a loan with Leipzig in the second half of the 2017/18 season, scoring five goals and providing a further four assists in 11 appearances in all competitions under the Austrian coach.
It was reported that Lookman was keen on a permanent move after his loan came to an end and Hasenhuttl wanted him back in April before he left the German side, but after no move materialised and he has played just 234 minutes of first-team football under Marco Silva this term, a move away in January could appeal.
Southampton were linked with a move for the pacey attacker during the summer, and given their struggles in front of goal again this season it would be no surprise if – particularly if they do appoint the 51-year-old – they moved for him again.
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