Everton boss Ronald Koeman has revealed it is too early to know whether he will regret not signing Southampton striker Manolo Gabbiadini.

The Toffees failed to sign the 25-year-old last summer, despite offering his former club Napoli an amount over their £20 million asking price.

Gabbiadini instead moved to the Saints for a fee of £14.5m in January and has made an excellent start to life in England, scoring six times in four appearances.

Koeman admitted Everton were interested in the summer but is refusing to pass judgement whether the Italian will be a success just yet.

“Maybe it is too early to make that kind of conclusion,” Koeman told the Liverpool Echo.

“I agree he’s starting really well scoring goals, one targets in the summer, there was some business but finally wasn’t an agreement with him.”

Gabbiadini struggled to hold a regular place in the Napoli team and was played out of position often but a move to Southampton seems to have revitalised the hitman.

With Charlie Austin set to return from injury soon, Saints fans will be optimistic a possible partnership can help to break them away from the bottom half of the table.


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