Ronald Koeman has announced Southampton will not be selling any first-team players in the January transfer window, despite a host of clubs showing interest in Republic of Ireland striker, Shane Long.
Saints completed the £4m signing of QPR forward Charlie Austin on Saturday and it sparked wild speculation about the rest of the strikers in Koeman’s squad.
According to reports, Long is interesting Premier League clubs such as Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City. Meanwhile, Graziano Pelle is being considered by Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink as their new star striker reported the Telegraph today.
However, Koeman was quick to deny these reports and reiterate his plan for the winter transfer period. “We brought one player in and nobody will go out,” the former Barcelona defender said in his Thursday press conference.
“I keep that idea until January 31. You know my answer but maybe I have to repeat it 80 times more.
Meanwhile, Austin is in line to make his Southampton debut this Saturday against Manchester United at Old Trafford. His new manager has also back Austin to push on and challenge for a place in Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 England squad.
“He’s very hungry, he wants to play at the highest level,” he said. “He wants to develop, he’s still only 26, and he’d like to get back in the national team.
“People come to Southampton knowing they can get involved in national teams – Jose Fonte and Graziano Pelle got theirs aged 29. It’s interesting for players to come to Southampton, they know they will improve and develop.
Article written by Kyle Dixon (@kyledixon95)