Director admits reported £10m Everton and Southampton target could leave

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St. James's Park, Newcastle on Sunday 8th December 2019.

Premier League quartet Southampton, Everton, Newcastle United and Norwich City reportedly want Real Valladolid's La Liga newcomer Mohamed Salisu.

Mohammed Salisu of Real Valladolid CF looks on during the Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Valladolid CF at San Mames Stadium on October 20, 2019 in Bilbao, Spain.

Real Valladolid’s sporting director has admitted that Everton and Southampton target Mohamed Salisu could leave the Spanish side before the month is out, speaking to Pucela Fichajes.

One of La Liga’s breakthrough stars in 2019/20, the rapid rise of a 20-year-old Ghanaian has not gone unnoticed in England with a host of Premier League clubs hoping to sign a new centre-back over the next few weeks.

According to Diario de Valladolid, the likes of Everton, Newcastle United and Norwich City have shown an interest in a pacey and powerful defender with a bargain £10 million release clause in his contract.

 

Southampton, meanwhile, are expected to test the water with an initial £8.5 million bid (Pucela Fichajes).

And while mid-table Valladolid are hoping to keep hold of Salisu until the summer at least, there is a realisation that a prized asset could be snatched away if a club decides to trigger his affordable release clause.

There is always a risk that a departure may occur,” Miguel Angel Gomez admitted at a press conference.

BARCELONA, SPAIN - October 29:   Lionel Messi #10 of Barcelona defended by Mohammed Salisu #27 of Valladolid during the Barcelona V  Real Valladolid, La Liga regular season match at...

Southampton have already missed out on Marin Pongracic, who left Red Bull Salzburg for Wolfsburg this week, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side scouring the market for a player capable of replacing Maya Yoshida when the Japan international’s contract expires in the summer.

Everton, meanwhile, have just three senior centre-halves on their books while Newcastle may lose veteran Argentine Federico Fernandez at the end of the season.

Alvaro Morata of Club Atletico de Madrid is tackled by Mohammed Salisu of Real Valladolid CF during the Liga match between Real Valladolid CF and Club Atletico de Madrid at Jose Zorrilla...

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