Southampton have joined the race to sign highly-rated England Under 21 midfielder, Jack Cork.

The Chelsea youngster spent last season on loan at Burnley, and his impressive form at Turf Moor has not gone unnoticed.

Interest in the 21-year-old is reportedly high, with Blackpool, Nottingham Forest, Leeds and Swansea all mooted as potential suitors of the Stamford Bridge starlet.

However, the Saints are rumoured to have stolen a march on their rivals, with a bid of around £750,000 having been accepted by Chelsea.

Saints' boss Nigel Adkins is keen to improve his squad ahead of the south coast club's return to the Championship.


Burnley manager Eddie Howe has admitted that the Lancashire based outfit face stiff competition in reacquiring Cork's services, although he refuses to admit defeat in his pursuit of the sought after Blues midfielder.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Howe said: "It's not ideal that a couple of clubs have had bids accepted but we always expected with Jack that other clubs would be interested.

"We're not out of the race, we're being kept informed [by Chelsea] of developments and we will just have to wait and see what happens.

"He's a good player so a lot of clubs were always going to be interested."

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