Southampton winger Mohammed Elyounoussi sounded pretty confident over the summer that he would return to the club for pre-season and finally have a better stab of making his mark on the squad under new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Having arrived from FC Basel for a reported £16million back in the summer of 2018, it hasn’t been a great spell for the 25-year-old so far with no goals returned in eleven starting appearances and eight substitute showings and he only featured six times once we ticked into 2019.
Earlier in the week the player had been linked with a possible loan move out to Championship side Stoke City, but Turkish team Besiktas wer also given a mention with it claimed he was their ‘number one target;.
Outlet Ajansspor have now reported that the Besiktas have now stolen a march on other suiters and have come to an ‘agreement’ with Elyounoussi over a deal and now they just need agreement from the club itself. It will only be a loan if the speculation is right, but with somewhat of an overload on the wing positions, Sofiane Boufal has better impressed again, so we should have cover and options.
As an update, outlet VG claim that Elyounoussi’s representatives are in talks with three clubs and they name Besiktas, Seville and Celta Vigo and they reference an interview with TV 2 with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl where he implies he’s open to doing a deal if the player isn’t willing to be rotated.
“We want to give everyone the chance to play. If he does not feel comfortable sitting on the bench, or maybe in the stands sometimes, he has goals other than us.”