Saints chief: Van Dijk, Spurs target Soares ‘not for sale’

Date published: Wednesday 28th June 2017 11:40

Southampton first-team players are not for sale, according to Head of Football Development Les Reed.

Saints have developed something of a reputation for selling players since their return to the Premier League in 2012.

They were expected to follow the same path this summer, but have so far shown a refusal to bow to the spending power of the top-flight elite.

Virgil van Dijk is wanted by Chelsea and Liverpool, but the club are holding out for around £70million for the centre-half.

And while we had absolutely no idea Tottenham had been linked with right-back Cedric Soares, Reed moved to dismiss those claims too.

“None of those players are for sale. I can’t make it any plainer than that,” he told Sky Sports News HQ. “That’s the way we mean to go forward. We built this squad over some time. We think we’ve got a strong squad.

“We will fine tune it but other than that we’re looking forward to a very competitive season and our season starts this week. So we plan to go forward on that basis.

“There may be players that go if it’s the right thing for them and the club at the given time. We don’t expect that to be wholesale. It’s simply doing sound business in the transfer window.”

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