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Morgan Schneiderlin will complete transfer in 'coming days'

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Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has told reporters in France that he will complete a transfer in the 'coming days'.

The Frenchman has been linked with a move away from St. Mary's for some time now having been denied a move last year, with the likes of Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United all said to be in the race.

Schneiderlin joined Southampton from Strasbourg in 2008 while the club were in the second tier of English football, and has emerged as one of the most dynamic midfielder in the Premier League. The 25-year-old helped the Saints finish seventh in the league last season but it doesn't appear as though he will be around to help the south coast club build on that next time round.

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Speaking at a community event at Strasbourg, Schneiderlin let slip that talks have been going on behind the scenes and that a move should be wrapped up sooner rather than later.

"The negotiations are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days, hopefully before the resumption of [Southampton's pre-season] training next week," he is quoted as saying by French outlet France Bleu.

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As yet it is not clear where he will be heading. Bookmakers have slashed the odds on Schneiderlin moving to Arsenal - and the north London club seem to be the most likely landing spot. Boss Arsene Wenger has been in the market for a defensive midfielder for some time, however the form of Francis Coquelin last season was thought to have convinced him to stick with the French ace.

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Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino would love to work with his former player once more having coached him at Southampton, however the fact that Spurs can't offer him Champions League football is a major problem. 

Manchester United meanwhile appear to have set their sights on landing Bastian Schweinsteiger from Bayern Munich instead.

There is unlikely to a repeat of the transfer saga that Schneiderlin was embroiled in last summer. Last time round the Saints man resorted to posting his frustrations over Southampton blocking a move to Tottenham on Twiiter. However according to the Daily Mail the club have agreed to let him leave for a fee of £24 million which should ease his passage.

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This deal appears to have come a little out of nowhere. Although there has been plenty of speculation it has seemingly been just that - now it appears as though Schneiderlin will join his mystery club in the next few weeks.

However it's not that clear cut - Arsenal seemingly don't want to pay the full £24 million for a player with no Champions League experience, Tottenham aren't his preferred destination and Manchester United have other targets. This one could still be set to run for some time.

Which club will Schneiderlin join - Manchester United, Tottenham or Arsenal?

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