Southampton have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig ace Ademola Lookman and the winger could be an upgrade on Nathan Redmond in Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side next season.
According to the Chronicle Live, the Bundesliga side have offered Lookman to a number of Premier League sides and value him at £10m, with Newcastle United and Southampton both credited with an interest.
It is no surprise to see the Saints linked with the 23-year-old, as he was signed on loan to RB Leipzig by Ralph Hasenhuttl during his time with Die Roten Bullen, and he contributed an impressive five goals and four assists in 11 games playing under the Austrian manager.
The 23-year-old would spend last season on loan with Fulham and was a regular in Scott Parker’s side throughout the season, although his performances were not enough to save the Cottagers from relegation to the Championship.
Last season saw Redmond make 29 appearances in the Premier League for Hasenhuttl’s side, scoring twice and assisting three times, which helped him average a disappointing 6.55 rating from WhoScored for his performances.
Although his form picked up slightly after an impressive display against Bournemouth in the FA Cup, the 27-year-old winger went missing on far too many occasions last season, with Southampton far too reliant on Danny Ings, Che Adams and James Ward-Prowse as their goalscorers.
If Southampton are to improve next season, they should be looking to add more goals from out wide and Lookman could help to solve that problem.
The “impressive” youngster managed four goals and four assists for Fulham last season but was one of the top performers for the West London club, with his 6.92 average rating from WhoScored ranking him as their second-best player across the season.
This emphasises that he is far more consistent than Redmond, and considering he is also younger and more clinical in front of goal, it seems fair to suggest that he would be an upgrade on the former Norwich City man in Hasenhuttl’s side.
Lookman has shown he is good enough for the Premier League and fits in with Southampton’s budget of targeting players for £10m or less, so Martin Semmens should definitely look to sign him this summer.