Everton's reported interest in Southampton's Cedric Soares could aid Ralph Hasenhüttl's hopes of Ademola Lookman reunion

Ademola Lookman of Everton scores the opening goal during the FA Cup Third Round match between Everton and Lincoln City at Goodison Park on January 5, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

Everton are reportedly keen on signing the Southampton defender, and that could play right into the south coast club's hands.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ademola Lookman during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on July 3, 2018 in Halewood, England.

According to a report from the the Daily Star (8 January, page 47), Southampton are looking to sign Everton forward Ademola Lookman this month, and Ralph Hasenhüttl might just have received a boost in his hopes of reuniting with the youngster.

According to The Sun (print edition, page 53, Friday, January 11, 2019), the Toffees are interested in signing Saints full-back Cedric Soares, and Hasenhüttl should use said interest in the Portuguese as leverage in his pursuit of Lookman.

 

Sky Sports reported in the summer that Everton value the 21-year-old at around £28 million, so if Southampton send Soares in the opposite direction, they would obviously not have to pay anywhere near that fee to secure the services of the Wandsworth-born ace.

Hasenhüttl knows Lookman well of course, having managed him during his time in charge of Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, and he possesses all of the attributes that would certainly help Southampton improve upon the potency of their attacking play.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ademola Lookman on the ball during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on November 21, 2018 in Halewood, England.

The 21-year-old possesses blistering pace, and plays with a certain type of fearlessness and directness that makes him ideally suited to the way in which Hasehüttl likes his teams to play.

And if Southampton do send Soares to Everton, it would surely give them a leg up in their reported pursuit of Lookman this month.

(EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Ademola Lookman during the Everton training session at USM Finch Farm on August 2, 2018 in Halewood, England.

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