Southampton’s new boss Ronald Koeman is determined not to lose any more players during this transfer window.
Liverpool, who have already signed both Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana from the Saints, have also tabled a £20m bid for Dejan Lovren which has been rejected. The bid, however, has turned Lovren’s head and the player expressed his anger at the bid not being accepted, stating that his head was already at Liverpool.
Now, speaking to the press, Koeman is determined that no more players will leave the squad this summer although he is aware that Lovren could leave anyway.
“It’s the same in Holland that the young players don’t have the patience to wait for a bigger club. That’s part of football. They had a great season and they play wonderful games. I know Liverpool got a lot of money now after the [Suárez] transfer and normally they will spend that money and they will buy some players and maybe they will buy one player of Southampton.
“OK, that’s a normal question. But as a manager of Southampton I have to do everything to keep the best players. Again the final decision is of the board of the club.
“I spoke to Les Reed [Southampton’s director of football] and two times to Dejan. He was very clear. I said I want to keep Dejan in the team. I respect all the meanings but 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. First of all we like to keep all that info in the club, not the press. That was not a good thing of his side. You like to have all the players happy; happy to be at Southampton. If there is a different opinion, we will speak about that and make a decision.
“I hope he will come back. He has to come back on Sunday. Four or five days ago he said it’s a difficult situation and he will have another talk to the club and his agent but he knows he has to come back because he is still a player of Southampton.
“That’s the situation. We are not a selling club. The players have contracts. We don’t sell any more players and we will keep to that. But we know what happens in football. We sold three players. That’s good enough. Enough money. Now we will keep the rest.
“That’s true, you want all the players happy and wanting to play. But if someone is unhappy, they can come to me and we talk. First we have to keep these players. That’s the job of the board. There is money to keep the quality and to bring new players in.”
Liverpool will look to reinforce their squad as much as possible, not only to cope with the loss of Luis Suarez who joined Barcelona this week, but also to deal with the extra games they now face having secured Champions League football once again.by