Southampton are worried that midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin will force a move away from the club, according to the Mirror.
It has been reported that the Saints, who have made a fine start to the Premier League season despite their recent struggles, are ready to make the Frenchman their highest earner in order to keep him at the St Mary's.
Arsenal and Tottenham interest
It appears, though, that he could look to depart the club, with the same report revealing that north London duo Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in his signature.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was seemingly desperate to bring the player to White Hart Lane this past summer after he left Southampton. It's likely that Tottenham will once again make a move for the talented midfielder in 2015, but they may well have to battle their London rivals for the 25-year-old.
There's no doubt about it, Arsenal are in desperate need of improvement in the middle of the park, with a number of their stars struggling to find their best form. In truth, the likes of Mathieu Flamini, Mikel Arteta and Co. have failed to protect the club's back-line throughout the course of the season.
Schneiderlin, then, would be quite the coup for either side as he continues to prove his worth in England's elite division. The midfield ace has proved his credentials at the St Mary's, and it now remains to be seen as to whether he will look to move on in 2015.
Fans of Southampton will be hoping that the club can keep the player for the long term, but they certainly won't want to see him depart in January. With the club sitting in fifth place in the Premier League, they will be desperate to secure European qualification this term.
Arsenal and Tottenham, meanwhile, will be hoping to climb the league table in the coming weeks as they look to move ahead of Southampton. It looks set to be an interesting battle in the race for Champions League qualification and Schneiderlin will most definitely have a key role to play.
Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: https://www.givemesport.com/writeforgms