Potential boost for Everton and Southampton in reported Mooy pursuit

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

Manchester City will reportedly not activate the buy-back clause for Huddersfield's Aaron Mooy, giving Everton and Southampton a boost in their own reported pursuits.

Marco Silva, Manager of Watford gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Watford at St. James Park on November 25, 2017 in Newcastle upon...

Everton and Southampton may have been given a boost in their pursuit of Aaron Mooy, with the Manchester Evening News reporting Manchester City will not activate their buy-back clause for the Huddersfield Town midfielder.

Upon selling Mooy to the Terriers last summer for £10m, an option was included in the deal that allowed City to re-sign the 27-year-old for £20m should they choose to.

Aaron Mooy of Huddersfield Town and Ainsley Maitland-Niles of Arsenal battle for possession during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Arsenal at John Smith's Stadium on...

After an impressive season at the John Smith's Stadium in 2017/18 and then at the World Cup in Russia - despite Australia's elimination without winning a game - it was rumoured the reigning Premier League champions would take this up.

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Yet even though the Citizens are in the market for a central midfield player, it seems than they are focusing their attention on signing Jorginho from Napoli rather than bringing Mooy back to the Etihad Stadium.

Jorginho of SSC Napoli drives the ball during the serie A match between SSC Napoli v Genoa CFC at Stadio San Paolo on March 18, 2018 in Naples, Italy.

This will be greeted in positive fashion by the Toffees and the Saints, with the Sun reporting two English clubs are prepared to make offers for the Australian of around £18m.

Mooy has previously said he is not seeking a move away from Huddersfield, but it remains to be seen whether either of these switches would be tempting to him.

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