South coast latest: Koeman comments on Townsend and Schneiderlin, Brighton target to play farewell match

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Koeman coy on Townsend, and reaffirms Schneiderlin position

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman was keeping his cards close to his chest when asked about his interest in Tottenham Hotspur star winger Andros Townsend.

“Everything is possible," was the managers response when asked if a deal was still possible. With the Saints keen on Townsend and Spurs still interested in Schneiderlin, it was reported a swap deal could be in the offing.

However Koeman was very quick to kill such rumours: "For us, it’s away, the rumours about him, because he played a fantastic match against Liverpool and how he acts is fantastic, and he has to show his qualities, but he did last Sunday and we are happy to have him in the squad."

The Dutchman also dismissed the possibility that Southampton would be inclined to accept a larger offer for the midfielder: “It doesn’t depend on the offer, because he will stay in Southampton."

Brighton target to play farewell match

Cork City right-back Brian Lenihan will play his final game for the Irish club tomorrow night according to his manager.

John Caulifield told the Argus: "While we have accepted an offer for Brian, he has yet to discuss personal terms with the club in question and will be available to us tomorrow night.

"I would hope that the crowd will come out in force to give him a big send-off in what is likely to be his final appearance for the club."

Despite the Cork boss refusing to reveal his player's destination, it is strongly believed he will be on his way to Brighton with reports claiming that they have had a £200,000 offer accepted.

Lenihan, aged 20, was once a target of Premier League giants Arsenal.

No decision made on Ward knee injury, says Cherries boss

Eddie Howe says the club have yet to make a decision on what the next step will be for Elliot Ward after he suffered recurrence of an old knee injury.

The defender suffered swelling to his knee after Bournemouth's League Cup win over Exeter City and subsequently went to Rome to a specialists injury clinic.

Howe told the Bournemouth Echo: "Elliott has been out in Italy getting his knee looked at. His knee swelled up after the Exeter game and it’s always a concern when you get a swelling in a joint.

“We will see what the next step is. No decision has been made in terms of the injury so we need to pull all the information together and see where we go from there.”

Ex-Manchester United target could be set for Pompey loan move

Portsmouth are reportedly assessing Bournemouth's teenage winger Sam Matthews with a view to a loan move.

The 17-year-old featured in the Pompey XI that played a friendly against Havant & Waterlooville last night, which finished 0-0.

Matthews has been with The Cherries since he was 10-years-old and has previously be courted by the likes of United and Fulham.

The youngster signed professional terms with the Cherries in March and is seen a very bright prospect for the future.

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