Ronald Koeman has warned Arsenal and Tottenham not to waste their time pursuing Victor Wanyama as it’s “impossible” to buy a player from Southampton.
The Dutchman, who is struggling to turnaround the fortunes of his out-of-form side, insists rival clubs cannot use back channels to tempt Wanyama to leave St Mary’s in January.
Wanyama has been a mainstay of the Saints’ midfield this season and Koeman is adamant that the club will reject bids for the Kenyan and any other stars.
“They can prepare whatever they like to prepare,” said Koeman, of speculation that a number of clubs are lining up offers for Wanyama.
“Don’t spend time trying to buy a player from Southampton because it’s impossible.”
The former Barcelona full-back admits other clubs could be trying to contact Wanyama in order to influence his decision, but Koeman remains unfazed.
“It’s possible. We know that because it’s the same every time,” said Koeman, when asked if he thinks Wanyama has been contacted by unofficial means by rival clubs.
“They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players.
“And the ambition of players is about playing Champions League.
“We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business.
“That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.”
After a promising start to the season, Southampton have lost five out of their last six matches in all competitions.