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Saints top scorer extends his stay at St Mary’s

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Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has insisted that no clubs have bid for Alex Oxlade-Chamblerlain, despite reports that talks have begun with Arsenal.

The Gunners and Manchester United have both been linked with the England Under-21

international, but reports have suggested that the former have begun talks to lure the winger to the Premier League.

However Adkins has rubbished such talk. "Alex is in doing fitness tests today. Until there is a bid on the table there is nothing to talk about," he said.

Oxlade-Chamberlain made his league debut for Saints in 2010 against Huddersfield Town, and then played a staring role for Adkins' side as the club finished second to Brighton and Hove Albon in League One last season, and which ensured promotion to the Championship.

 

Meanwhile, Saints striker Rickie Lambert has signed a two-year extension to his contract that will keep him at St Mary's until 2014.

The 29-year-old had a year remaining on his deal but has committed himself to the newly promoted Saints.

Lambert has finished as the club's top goalscorer in the past two seasons since signing from Bristol Rovers for a £1 million in 2009.

He scored 36 goals in his first season with Saints as the club overcame a points deductionto finish seventh in League One, while last season a further 21 goals ensured Southampton finished second to Brighton, to confirm promotion to the Championship.

The former Rochdale forward follows Adam Lallana in committing his long-term futureto Nigel Atkins' side, after the England Under-21 international signed a four-year deal inJanuary.

(PA Pic ref: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 10107748

(caption) No bids yet for Alex, says Saints boss Nigel.

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