Tottenham Hotspur are ready to table a new bid in the region of £22m for Morgan Schneiderlin and remain confident that the French midfielder will be a Spurs player before the start of the season, despite having a previous double swoop including Jay Rodriguez rebuffed in the last 48 hours.
Schneiderlin made it very clear he wants to find a fresh challenge with a very public Twitter outburst earlier this week, but The Times believe that the 24-year-old has not submitted a formal transfer request despite being very disappointed with the club's hardline stance on his future.
Southampton fans probably thought the St Mary's exodus was set to end after Calum Chambers signed for Arsenal at the start of this week, but Spurs soon dashed that idea and put them right back in the headlines by attempting to sign both Schneiderlin and Rodriguez.
That offer was swiftly rejected but must surely come as a blow considering Spurs can't offer Champions League football, with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino very much the driving force behind a raid on his former club.
Schneiderlin in particular is desperate to work with Pochettino again, but Saints are prepared to get tough in this instance and will tell the Les Blues enforcer he has to stay even if he refuses to play.
Any chance of a rival Arsenal offer?
Arsenal are also long-term admirers of Schneiderlin and have tracked the midfield maestro since his days with Saints in League One, and definitely still need a holding midfielder to help solidify a squad full of attacking potential.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has resisted the temptation to table a formal offer though, with more high-profile targets such as Sami Khedira and Lars Bender still on his summer shopping list.
That leaves the path clear for Spurs to chase a trusted Pochettino enforcer, although with Saints chairman Ralph Kruger adamant Schneiderlin won't be sold this transfer saga still has some way to run.