The future of Tottenham and England winger Andros Townsend is up in the air, with rival reports both linking and dismissing a renewed bid from Premier League rivals Southampton.
The Daily Mirror reports that Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is set to return with an improved offer after a £10million bid was rejected by the Spurs board.
Money to spend
With plenty of money to spend after the exits of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Dejan Lovren, the south coast club have the finances to offer more.
With Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's interest in a reunion with Saints midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, his Dutch counterpart might just have the upper hand in negotiations.
But not if you read the Metro, who say Tottenham's flat refusal to discuss a transfer of five-time international Townsend has led to Koeman targets, primarily to Lazio's Alvaro Gonzalez.
While Saints need reinforcements after the summer exodus, Tottenham also need to cut down the size of their squad but the departure of Townsend seems unlikely.
That's due to his homegrown status for squad registrations and the premium that goes on English players, as Southampton are undoubtedly familiar with.
Townsend came off the bench in Tottenham's one-nil win over West Ham on Saturday, and with neither Aaron Lennon nor Erik Lamela impressing, Pochettino will want the 23-year-old to hang around before a decision is made on his long term future.
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