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Three reaons Southampton must hijack Everton’s bid to sign Adama Soumaoro

According to reports in the Daily Mail, Everton are one of a number of clubs interested in signing Lille defender Adama Soumaoro during the January transfer window.

The Daily Mail says that new Toffees manager Sam Allardyce is determined to strengthen his backline in the New Year, and he is considering making a move for the 25-year-old.

The report adds that the Ligue 1 club are in financial difficulty right now and have been told to raise £23m by the financial policing of the French league, or they could face a transfer ban or even relegation.

Selling Soumaoro, who is also said to be interesting West Ham United, Monaco, Sevillia and Borussia Dortmund, in January may allow them to make some of that money back, especially as they rate him at around £20m.

Meanwhile, Southampton’s disappointing season went from bad to worse as they were beaten 4-1 at St Mary’s by Leicester City and former Saints boss Claude Puel on Wednesday night, and current manager Mauricio Pellegrino will surely be thinking about adding new players to his squad during the upcoming window.

Their defensive frailties in recent times may be a concern, and bringing Soumaoro to the south coast could certainly prove to be a shrewd move.

Here are three reasons Southampton must hijack Everton’s bid to sign the Frenchman…

Article title: Three reaons Southampton must hijack Everton’s bid to sign Adama Soumaoro

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