Report: Southampton to offer three new contracts, including to latest England star

Southampton are reportedly set to offer new deals to Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.

With eight wins from the first 11 games of the season, Southampton have made a start beyond even their wildest dreams under new manager Ronald Koeman.

The Dutchman has his side in second place, just four points behind leaders Chelsea - and there are growing hopes that the club may well be able to mount a push for European football.

After the success of Koeman's signings such as Fraser Forster, Toby Alderweireld, Ryan Bertrand, Dusan Tadic, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle, many have expected him to add a few more players in January.

However, the focus could instead be on keeping some of the talent at St. Mary's Stadium, particularly after the summer, where they lost Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Saints will offer contracts to three new players in a bid to keep them on the South Coast - Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.

Clyne, 23, is England's latest star having impressed against Slovenia and Scotland over the past week, and has surely made the right back position his own for the Three Lions.

His superb league displays will no doubt attract interest from Manchester United in January, with Louis van Gaal's side needing defensive reinforcements. Clyne's current deal expires in 18 months, so Southampton need to keep him tied down to avoid losing him for a knockdown fee.

Other players attracting interest are French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and striker Jay Rodriguez, with Tottenham believed to be interested in both players.

Schneiderlin admitted that he wanted to leave Southampton this summer before being told he wouldn't be allowed to leave the club, whilst Rodriguez has been out of action since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in April.

Keeping both at the club would be a huge boost to the Saints' hopes of attaining European qualification, but they are already in a perilous situation with Clyne, and January bids are to be expected.

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