Southampton’s search for a Jannik Vestergaard replacement is hotting up, with Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo the latest name to be linked with a move to St Mary’s.
According to the Daily Express, Southampton have joined Norwich City in the race to sign the 23-year-old defender, who was a prominent part of Scott Parker’s side last season as Fulham were relegated back to the Championship.
Although the report claims that the former Manchester City man has a £10m release clause in his contract at Fulham following their relegation, contrasting reports suggest that this clause has now expired, which suggests that Southampton may have to pay more than that if they want to prise him away from the West London side.
Despite Fulham’s less than impressive return in the Premier League last season, Adarabioyo showcased his ability in the top flight and was one of the better performers for the Craven Cottage outfit. He averaged a solid 6.73 rating from WhoScored across the season, which ranked him as the sixth-best player to make at least 10 starts.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has suggested that Southampton will target young players who will cost around the £10m mark this summer, and given that the defender is currently valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, he certainly seems to fit the bill.
During a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers, teammate Darragh Lenihan was full of praise for Adarabioyo, saying: “He’s brilliant. His distribution is excellent, he’s quick, he’s big, he has all the attributes. I’ve said to him that he has all the attributes to play for Manchester City in my opinion. He’s here to learn, and help us out, but he’s a fantastic player.”
The centre-back can offer Hasenhuttl Premier League experience but also has a lot of scope to improve at the age of 23, which seems like exactly the sort of signing the Austrian needs in his current squad.
Therefore, Martin Semmens should definitely consider bringing Adarabioyo to St Mary’s this summer.