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Ronald Koeman: Southampton will not sell in the January transfer window

by Ben Topliss

Ronald Koeman has reiterated that none of his Southampton players will leave St Mary’s in the January transfer window.

Players such as Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama are said to be attracting interest from the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Man United reportedly had an offer for Mane rejected in the final days of the summer transfer window. Koeman insisted that clubs can forget about signing any of his players.

“They can prepare what they like to prepare,” he said.

“Don’t spend time trying to buy a player of Southampton because it’s impossible.

“They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players, and the ambition of players is about playing Champions League.

“We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business. That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.”

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Southampton have sold players such as Morgan Schneiderlin, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Nathaniel Clyne in recent years and letting more leave, particularly in mid-season, would send the wrong messages to fans with the Saints currently occupying 12th position in the Premier League.

While a summer move for Mane could well be a possibility, United will have to look elsewhere for potential targets in January. Bournemouth’s Matt Ritchie and Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez are both said to be on United’s radar.

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