Report: Southampton to offer Schneiderlin heavy wage increase to fend off Spurs

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The Saints are determined to keep the 24-year-old at St Mary's.

Southampton are reportedly set to offer midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin a bumper pay increase to fend off January interest from Tottenham Hotspur.

The north London side had been linked with the Frenchman all summer but Schneiderlin remained a Saints player and has made a strong start to the new Premier League season.

Mauricio Pochettino, though, is said to still hold strong interest in bringing the midfield man to White Hart Lane during the January transfer window.

As such, the Daily Mirror are reporting that Southampton are readying a new contract offer for Schneiderlin - which comes with a big salary increase.

  TeamPosChances CreatedGoalsAccurate PassesTackles WonAppsMins
Morgan Schneiderlin Southampton MF 5 3 376 19 6 540
Jose Fonte Southampton DF 3 0 304 7 6 540
Steven Davis Southampton MF 5 0 246 11 6 423
Nathaniel Clyne Southampton DF 3 1 213 15 6 540
Victor Wanyama Southampton MF 1 1 200 14 5 315

As Opta stats show, before today's clash with Spurs, Schneiderlin has easily been the Saints' most influential player in the league (barring top scorer Graziano Pelle, of course).

The Frenchman has created five chances but, more impressively, scored three goals.

His biggest contribution has predictably come from midfield, however, with Schneiderlin having completed 376 passes so far and won 19 tackles.

It is no wonder Southampton want to keep the 24-year-old at St Mary's, then, just as it is no surprise that Pochettino still holds plenty of interest in the midfield maestro.

Expect the Schneiderlin saga to rage on, although the Frenchman putting pen to paper would certainly put Ronald Koeman's side in a much stronger position.

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