Spurs transfer targets not for sale, says Koeman

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Tottenham look set to be disappointed in their quest to sign any of their Southampton targets after new boss Ronald Koeman ruled out any more departures from St Mary's.

After the departures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, Dutchman Koeman has made it clear Southampton are not 'a selling club'.

“I knew about Lambert, Lallana and Shaw but after that we said, ‘OK, we are not a selling club - we want to keep the rest of the good players and bring new players in’.

“We will continue with the Southampton philosophy which means we like to bring in young players and to continue what they did last season. They had a fantastic season last season and still we have ambition to go forward.”

Tottenham's new manager and former boss on the South Coast Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with moves for three of his ex-charges - midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, striker Jay Rodriguez and defender Dejan Lovren - but having sold three first team players already and bagged £60million, Southampton are under no pressure to sell.

This stance has already upset Lovren who was subject of a bid from Liverpool.

“I spoke to Dejan twice and he was very clear about his situation,” Koeman said.“I am the new manager I want to keep all the good players - I want to keep Dejan in the team because he is an important player in the team.

“We have to do what the best is for the club. He has a contract, he has to come back this Sunday but I don’t know what will happen after this.

“It’s football and there is a lot of movement but first of all we like to keep all that information in the club and not in the press. That was not a good thing of his side.”

Koeman added: “I wasn’t happy with his comments in the press.That is not good for the club, for the rest of the players or for himself and we will speak about whether to fine him or not.”

With plenty of time left in the transfer window the player's future will continue to be the subject of much speculation, and Spurs will hope that uncertainty will allow them to swoop.

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