Southampton have vowed to walk away from negotiations with Tottenham Hotspur over the transfer of Andros Townsend, if they try to include Morgan Schneiderlin as part of any deal, according to the Southern Daily Echo.
The Saints have been adamant throughout the summer that their French midfielder isn't leaving, and after initially having his heart set on the move, he has accepted his clubs decision regarding his future, and started in their opener against Liverpool.
The club were clear that Schneiderlin wasn't going to leave under any circumstances, which would explain why they are so adamant for his name not to be mentioned in any deal.
Still keen on England star
The south coast outfit remain confident of signing Townsend though, despite Spurs' apparent willingness to block any move in a similar fashion to how Southampton did with the French midfielder.
However, with Townsend often on the fringes of the first-team squad, a move to St Mary's could be more of a viable option compared to the Schneiderlin situation, where he is a key player at the club.
Saint's scouting department, who are flushed with cash at the moment following the sales of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers for a combined fee of around £90 million, are also rumoured to be looking at Lazio winger Alvaro Gonzales, should the Townsend deal not materialise.
However, any deal for Townsend could go right down to the last day, where Spurs may be more willing to do business from a financial point of view, should they secure other targets.
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Q.P.R manager Harry Redknapp knows the player well from his days as Tottenham manager, as well as a somewhat successful loan in 2013.
He is rumoured to be ready to test Tottenham's resolve with a £10 million bid, which both Spurs and the player himself would be more inclined to accept.