Swansea City have reportedly approached Southampton over the availability of their midfield star Jack Cork.
The former Chelsea youngster was a mainstay in their team last season - but player arrivals and form have seen him slip down the pecking order slightly under Mauricio Pochettino.
That being said he has always impressed when brought into the fold this term - and the club are keen on keeping the player.
With that in mind they are not looking to sell - and early reports indicate that they have rejected the first offer received from the South Wales club.
Swansea have serious midfield deficiencies at the moment - with several injuries seeing the likes of Jordi Amat asked to play further up the field.
But the £3 million that has been suggested as a fee has not cut it with The Saints - but another bid is expected at some point in the next 24 hours.
But what does Cork think of it all.
Well, before any of this conjecture hit the press, he had already spoken to the clubs official website about all manner of things - including the Transfer Window.
And when asked what he thought the club might be doing on Friday evening - he certainly did not sound like a player on the move:
“I’ll be watching Friday night, but I’m not sure if we need the signings. All teams can do with a couple of signings here and there, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we didn’t sign anyone, because we’ve got a great bunch in there.
“We just want to keep going now and keep trying to win as many games as we can. It’s only our second season in the Premier League and we just want to finish as high as we can and a lot better than we did last season.”
Of course this was before the apparent interest of Michael Laudrup would have become known to the player - so his feelings may have changed in regards to a potential move.
But his comments certainly don’t sound like those of a player hankering for a move - and with The Saints severely injury-prone recently don’t expect Cork to go anywhere tomorrow evening.
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