Southampton reportedly target Kyle Ebecilio as potential Schneiderlin replacement

FC Twente

Southampton have reportedly identified Twente's Kyle Ebecilio as a possible successor to Morgan Schneiderlin.

According to Voetbal Primeur, Southampton have lined up former Arsenal prodigy Kyle Ebecilio is a potential transfer target this summer.

Ebecilio, 21, started his career with hometown club Feyenoord, but left in 2010 in order to make a move to English football with Arsenal.

The Dutchman was a regular in the youth and reserve teams with the Gunners, but snubbed a new contract in 2013, instead choosing to head back to the Netherlands in search of first team football.

Twente have certainly benefited from that, with Ebecilio proving his quality, hitting ten goals in 65 games from midfield and becoming an integral player for Alfred Schreuder's men.

Now though, Twente could risk losing him, as Voetbal Primeur in the Netherlands suggest that Southampton have earmarked Ebecilio as a potential target should star midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin leave the club this summer.

The report states that Ebecilio could be a second choice in case Koeman can't reunite with his former Feyenoord ace Jordy Clasie, but Ebecilio could be offered a surprise return to the Premier League this summer.

What would Ebecilio offer?

The 21-year-old has established himself as a first team regular with Twente, and it's largely down to his athleticism in midfield.

With strength, stamina and a decent turn of pace, Ebecilio is an ideal box-to-box midfielder but can play deeper too, taking advantage of his physical attributes.

Given his age, Ebecilio still has plenty of untapped potential, and could be one young player to actually improve away from the Emirates Stadium, having left Arsenal two years ago.

It would certainly be interesting to see whether Ebecilio could make a success of himself in a second stint in the Premier League, but much depends on the future of Schneiderlin at Southampton.

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