Southampton latest: Striker staying put, midfielder heading for exit

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The January transfer window is fast approaching and news is filtering through about a player who won't be leaving Southampton, a player who might leave, and a player who has already left.

Firstly, Italian striker Dani Osvaldo has been linked with a move back to Serie A just four months after his £15m from Roma. Inter Milan have been suggested as a potential suitor for the 27 year old striker, who scored a stunning equaliser for the Saints against Manchester City at the weekend. However, after seeing his moment of class against Manuel Pellegrini's side, Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino declared that his big money striker will be staying on the South Coast.

Osvaldo is a very important player for us," he said. "I think it's a good thing that he plays in England, so you can study him well ahead of the World Cup and the match against Italy. In any case, he will not leave the club in January."

But one player who could depart is midfielder Jack Cork, as the former Chelsea man finds himself frozen out as Pochettino opts to utilise Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama in the centre of midfield. Cork, 24, is now a target for former boss Nigel Adkins at Reading, and admitted that he has barely spoken to Pochettino this season. With first team opportunities hard to come by, Cork is now considering his future.

"Obviously, I've been thinking about what part I'm going to play in this squad. I haven't played that much, so it's going to cross anyone's head to think 'what use am I going to be in the squad?' I'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks and see if he (Pochettino) uses me. I'm always happy to be part of the squad and play whenever I'm trusted. I haven't really spoken to him much this season."

Whilst Cork appears to be heading for the exit door, one man already gone is Zambian striker Emmanuel Mayuka. A signing under Adkins, Mayuka scored just one goal for Southampton before being loaned out to French side Sochaux, and now under the stewardship of ex-Zambia boss Herve Renard, Mayuka hit three goals in four game to clinch the Player of the Month award for the Ligue 1 side.

"I must say I was positively surprised to be elected by the Fans of Sochaux Player of the Month.” said Mayuka. "Thanks to them and thanks to all of you, at home, who continue to believe in us."

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