Red Bull Salzburg comment on the future of £5m-rated Kevin Kampl

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Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Ralf Rangnick says he wants to keep Kevin Kampl.

It seems that both Southampton and Tottenham will be looking to add at least one winger in the January transfer window, and the move of talent scout Paul Mitchell from the Saints to White Hart Lane means that they may well end up being linked with a number of the same players.

Recent speculation has suggested that both clubs are interested in signing Red Bull Salzburg's £5m-rated Slovenian winger Kevin Kampl.

The 24-year-old was born in Germany but plays for Slovenia, and his superb displays in Austria have led to rumours of a move to England.

However, there's a lingering issue in their chase of Kampl. Red Bull Salzburg naturally have an association with Red Bull-owned German club RB Leipzig, and Kampl is reportedly moving there if they get promoted to the Bundesliga this season.

Now, Salzburg sporting director Ralf Rangnick has admitted that Kampl could move to Leipzig, but the intention is to keep him out of the clutches of Southampton and Tottenham.

"Our job is to convince him that he stays with us," said Rangnick. "But this is not a certainty, because other clubs are interested and have noticed how good the boy is."

"Meanwhile, there are also good reasons that he can achieve all his goals with RB Leipzig," added former Schalke manager Rangnick.

Leipzig are a club on the up because of Red Bull's influence, and landing Kampl ahead of two top Premier League clubs would show their prowess - even if Kampl would be much better off furthering his career in England, where he would probably see plenty of first team football at Southampton or Tottenham.

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