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Both sides played out 2-2 draws just before the international break, with the Saints rescuing a point against Newcastle United while West Ham were pegged back by Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils opened their campaign with a 5-1 home victory over Leeds United last weekend, while Southampton suffered a 3-1 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park in their first game of the season.

Mowbray had been open about his interest in the Southampton player, following Adam Armstrong’s £15 million (€17m) move to St. Mary’s.

The Spaniard, famous for a rather more high-profile comeback with the red half of the city in 2005, has plenty of work to convince the doubters he can ever be accepted at Goodison Park, but this was as good an opening as he could have wished for.

Obafemi is under contract with the Saints until the end of this season but due to injury and loss of form he has been unable to establish himself at Southampton, making just four Premier League appearances as sub last season.

The Reds have won just one of their last five games in all competitions, drawing the last three in succession, and they face a Saints side who are looking to complete the league double against them for just the third time in their history, previously doing so in 1960-61 and 2003-04.

The clause was inserted in the deal that took him to the Foxes in 2017 and after struggling to find his feet, the 24-year-old is presently one of the hottest strikers in the English Premier League.