Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville believes four Premier League will be interested in signing Morgan Schneiderlin in the January transfer window.
The French midfielder has established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League since Southampton gained promotion, and earned a call up for the World Cup in Brazil from Didier Deschamps over the summer.
Tottenham tried to coax the 25-year-old from the South Coast club over the summer in an attempt to pair him up with former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino - but despite Schneiderlin's desire to leave Southampton refused to sell up following the departure of a host of stars.
Arsenal were also keen but they could now face increased competition from the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool. Speaking on Sky Sports, Neville claimed that Southampton face a struggle to keep hold of their dynamic midfielder in the face of some serious interest from some big-name clubs.
"I think Schneiderlin is the man at Southampton," he said of the £25 million-rated ace. "If he comes out they drop.
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"They are going to get absolutely bombarded in January. Liverpool will look at him, Arsenal will look at him, Manchester United are looking at holding midfield players. Tottenham, with [Mauricio] Pochettino (who used to manage Schneiderlin at Southampton.
"There's four clubs I've named that all might fancy Schneiderlin. I think he's one of the best performing midfield players in the league."
Southampton have enjoyed a strong start to the Premier League season despite suggestions they could face the drop after losing the likes of Luke Shaw to Manchester United, Calum Chambers to Arsenal and Rickie Lambert, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to Liverpool.
Saints currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualification spot ahead of Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, while they are three points back from Manchester United in third.