Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly set to fail with their latest attempts to sign Morgan Schneiderlin from Southampton.
The French international has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane but despite reports yesterday of a fresh £17 million offer, it doesn’t appear to have been enough to force Southampton’s hand.
Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has always maintained that Schneiderlin will still be with the south coast club beyond the current transfer window and talkSPORT points in the direction of the Sun to suggest that the latest offer will be rejected.
However, Spurs have enough quality in their squad to be able to compete without the Frenchman.
Etienne Capoue, Sandro and Paulinho are all more than capable of playing holding roles in front of the Spurs back four, which takes the pressure away from Pochettino to get a deal done quickly.
While Krueger has always been adamant that key players would stay at the club this summer, he’s also been very firm in his stance that any club looking to buy players from the Saints will have to meet their top end valuations.
Reports suggest the Saints value Schneiderlin at around the £27 million mark, so the reported £17 million offer of yesterday is still some way short of the amount which could grab Southampton’s attention.
Schneiderlin is a professional and played well against Liverpool in the Saints’ Premier League opener.
The chances of a fourth bid following this one before the end of the transfer window are difficult to gauge because of the amount Spurs are away from the Saints’ top valuation.
It’s seeming more and more likely that Schneiderlin will be a key component of the Southampton team competing for the top half of the table over the rest of the season.