Southampton are preparing a second offer for Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend after seeing their initial offer of £10million rejected, according to a report.
Townsend is understood to be available for transfer this summer as Mauricio Pochettino looks to have a clear-out and trim his bloated squad down.
Saints have identified Townsend as a man who can fill the void for some of their departing stars and made a bid of an eight-figure amount for his services earlier in the week.
That offer did not meet Spurs’ valuation of the England international and was rebuffed, but it is thought that Ronald Koeman has still not given up hope of landing the 23-year-old.
Southampton lost the likes of Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Rickie Lambert, Calum Chambers and Luke Shaw this summer and have plenty of cash to spend, as a result, as they look to cover for their losses.
They are reportedly looking to invest some of that in Townsend, who they see as a player who could fit in well with their style of play.
Saints are famed for bringing through English youngsters and have utilised a high-tempo, passing style of football which could fit in with Towsend’s skill-set.
The fleet-footed winger is on the outskirts of the Spurs team at the moment and is likely to play a rotational role under Pochettino, as the Argentine looks to guide Spurs back into the top four, meaning Townsend could be tempted by the lure of regular first-team football.
There were fears that Southampton could struggle this season, but an encouraging display in their opening fixture has put those concerns to bed somewhat.
Koeman’s men lost to Liverpool, but were a match for the title hopefuls and could consider themselves unlucky to leave Anfield without anything to show for their efforts.
It was a performance which has appeased the supporters of the club, who have seen much of their top talent taken from them, and with more signings expected before deadline day there is a hope that they will be able emulate last season’s finish of eighth place.
The signing of Townsend would certainly help them do that and with a second offer set to be lodged in the next few days it looks like this could be a prospective deal that runs right through to deadline day.