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Southampton simply must try their hand at January move for in-demand Ademola Lookman

Southampton simply must try their hand at January move for in-demand Ademola Lookman

According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror, there has been interest in winger Ademola Lookman heading into the final few days of the January transfer window. The 21-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Everton and has done so since January 2017, although struggles for regular starts under new Toffees manager Marco Silva this season has called his future at Goodison Park into question.

And a recent report from The Daily Mirror suggests that the Englishman is a transfer target of Italian heavyweights AC Milan, with the Serie A outfit reportedly (as per The Daily Mirror) contemplating whether or not to make a ‘formal offer’ in a bid to test Everton’s ‘resolve’.

And this should all be of interest to Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl as well, what with the Austrian able to get the very best out of Lookman last season to suggest that his side must try their hand at a January move for the in-demand sensation.

The Breakdown

Ultimately, things haven’t quite gone to plan for Lookman since making the move to Everton back in January 2017, as although he made a great start by netting in their 4-0 win over Manchester City on debut, he simply hasn’t been able to nail down a starting place since then.

In fact, the England Under-20 World Cup winner managed just seven Premier League appearances in the first half of last season to underline his lowly position in Ronald Koeman’s pecking order, and while he has at least forced his way back into Silva’s plans with 13 league appearances this time round, only three have been starts.

And such was the level he produced on loan at Red Bull Leipzig last season, under the stewardship of Hasenhuttl, Lookman himself likely feels that he has the talent to be playing more than he is – but with Richarlison, Theo Walcott, and Bernard seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, that might not happen at Everton.

As such, AC Milan are considering trying their hand at a move for the 21-year-old this month, as should Hasenhuttl’s Southampton given just how well the Austrian managed the Englishman last season.

Lookman took something of a risk making the move to the Bundesliga last season, very much against the wishes of Everton boss Allardyce (as per the BBC), but what an inspired decision it proved to be given the youngster bagged five goals and laid on four assists in 11 appearances for the club, helping Hasenhuttl’s side to a sixth place finish in the German top-flight.

Ultimately, that was the best spell of football the 21-year-old has produced since making the move to Everton two years ago to underline the huge impact Hasenhuttl had on his development – the same could well happen at Southampton.

And with Mohamed Elyounoussi seriously struggling to produce his best football at St Mary’s, yet the opposite very much true of in-form winger Nathan Redmond, 21-year-old Lookman could seriously bolster the Saints in the attacking ranks in their quest against relegation.

As such, with Milan reportedly (as per The Daily Mirror) considering a bid for the 21-year-old, Southampton themselves must seek to try their hand at a move for the Englishman, in turn reuniting Hasenhuttl with a player he got the best out of only last year.

Southampton fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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