Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal have received a boost in their chase for Morgan Schneiderlin, as Southampton manager Ronaldo Koeman has refused to look beyond January for Schneiderlin’s future at the south coast club, as reported by the Daily Star.
Despite Schneiderlin declaring his desire to depart St. Mary’s this summer, the club managed to retain him as the club faced an exodus of talent elsewhere. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Luke Shaw all left the club, with three joining Liverpool.
Former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is a known admirer of Schneiderlin, and Spurs have been heavily linked with a move for him.
Arsenal also emerged as a shock destination for the midfielder at one point, and this resulted in Southampton slapping a huge price tag on the player, clarifying that they wanted more than the £27m Man Utd paid for Shaw.
While Schneiderlin stayed, Koeman has refused to confirm that the French international will stay for the long term.
He said: “We will see what happens in January. For now all I am focused on is the game against Newcastle on Saturday.”