All three of Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool have been told they will have to wait if they have any designs on current Southampton stars, as the club are refusing to do any more deals until a new manager is installed.
Rickie Lambert's transfer to Liverpool was confirmed on Monday and sparked fears among some Saints fans that an exodus of their most talented stars would commence. However, the club accompanied the confirmation with a statement insisting the England striker's move was an exception to the stance they are taking, in that no transfers will be completed until a new manager has been installed, despite several bids being received for their stars.
This could prove problematic for the three clubs mentioned, as all have been credited with interest in a number of other Southampton players and linked with possible summer bids.
Manchester United have been heavily tipped to complete a move for 18-year-old left-back Luke Shaw this summer as they look to rebuild under Louis van Gaal following on from David Moyes' disastrous time in charge. Shaw has been tipped to be the start of a busy summer for the moneymen at Old Trafford, with a number of targets being sized up.
Liverpool may have secured Lambert his dream move to the club he played for and supported as a boy but it appears they will have to wait and see if they can land another of their targets at St Mary's. Brendan Rodgers is reportedly keen on taking Saints captain Adam Lallana to Anfield, as well as centre-back Dejan Lovren.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly been keeping an eye on Morgan Schneiderlin after he impressed at the base of the Southampton midfield. Arsene Wenger is another manager being tipped to make serious moves in the transfer market this summer and defensive midfield is one of the areas he is expected to make additions.