According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog at 1:16pm on June 5, Southampton have expressed their interest in signing Everton winger Ademola Lookman, rated at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, this summer.
Well, The Mirror’s live transfer blog reports that the Toffees wideman is a summer target for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig after he impressed during a loan spell with them in the second-half of the 2017/18 campaign.
However, The Mirror says that the Merseyside outfit want to keep the highly-rated 20-year-old at Goodison Park despite the fact that he struggled for game time under Ronald Koeman, David Unsworth and then Sam Allardyce last term, before he headed to Germany at the end of the January transfer window.
The report adds that while Lookman is open to remaining with Leipzig, both Saints and their Premier League rivals Southampton, who face a battle to persuade another attacker who was once a £170,000-a-week Manchester United target to join them this summer, are also keen to snap him up.
It was certainly a tough opening to the campaign for the England U21 international, where he made just 16 appearances – with all but one of his seven Premier League appearances coming from the substitutes’ bench.
The young winger certainly fared better after joining Leipzig in January however, and he went on to score five goals and provide a further four assists in 11 Bundesliga outings.
He would be a brilliant addition for Saints, and one they probably should have fought harder to make happen before he joined Everton in January 2017.
The south coast outfit were once known for signing exciting young players, developing them and then selling them on, but they have slightly lost that direction in recent seasons.
Now they need to go back to the strategy that proved to be so successful for them previously, and bringing Lookman to St Mary’s would certainly do that.
The 20-year-old would add some much-needed pace, trickery and a direct style in the final third, and he would surely be an upgrade on Nathan Redmond after a disappointing 2017/18 season for the former Norwich City man.
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