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Mark Hughes should try again for Ki Sung-yueng this summer

The Swansea City midfielder is out of contract in South Wales this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Swansea City’s recent resurgence up the Premier League table has been largely due to the improved form of some of their first-team players. Inspired by new manager Carlos Carvalhal many of the Swansea team finally found form, helping the club move toward Premier League safety. One such player who typifies this turnaround in performance more than any other is midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.

The 29-year-old has been in fantastic form in the heart of the Swansea midfield. But Swansea are currently fearful of losing the player. He is out of contract in the summer and AC Milan are being linked with a move. Calciomercato revealed earlier this month that the Rossoneri are keen on bringing Ki in on a free transfer this summer.

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But should Southampton boss Mark Hughes make his intentions for the player clear again?

Hughes is a fan of the midfielder. Back in the summer of 2012 Premier League clubs were scrambling for the then-Celtic midfielder. The Mirror reported that QPR, then managed by Hughes, were one such team. A £6 million fee was touted for the midfield maestro.

However, Ki ended up at Swansea. That season’s opening game saw Swansea absolutely obliterate QPR 5-0 at Loftus Road. As reported by Wales Online, it was that performance that helped Ki decide on Swansea and not QPR.

SWANSEA, WALES – DECEMBER 02: Ki Sung-Yueng of Swansea City celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers at Liberty Stadium on December 2, 2014 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Hughes is now manager of Southampton and, before even contemplating signing Ki, will need to steer the Saints away from the relegation zone.

If he can do that, Ki will surely be a name coming across his desk. Southampton need to improve their entire squad if they are to find their way back to the top-half of the Premier League table.

Ki would be the perfect option on which to build the Southampton midfield. An excellent passer with over five years of top-flight experience he is currently in some of the best form of his career.

At 29-years-old he is in his prime and Southampton boss Hughes would love to finally bring in the midfielder, six years after he failed to do so with QPR.

AC Milan will be formidable opponents for anyone trying to tie down Ki, including Swansea. But Southampton beating the Italian giants to a player like Ki would be a big statement of intent ahead of the new campaign.

Everton

Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.

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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

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He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Stoke City

Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him

The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.

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When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.

Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.

Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.

At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.

He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.

Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.

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