Report: Galatasaray want to stop Sneijder heading for Man City or Saints

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Manchester City and Southampton have been linked with Dutch international Wesley Sneijder, but his club seem reluctant to let him leave.

Wesley Sneijder seems to be keen to head to the Premier League, but his current employer Galatasaray are reportedly determined to stand in the way of any deal.

The 30-year-old's agent, Guido Albers, was said to be in England last week in order to find a possible Premier League club for his client, who has become frustrated at the Turkish giants.

Albers met with Southampton officials - although it is worth noting that he does also represent Saints boss Ronald Koeman - and then chatted to Manchester City football administrator Brian Marwood and Claudio Reyna, who is the director of football at partner club New York City.

Sneijder has been at loggerheads with Galatasaray over his contract and there are reports of owed money that could be written off if he is allowed to make a move.

However, the latest reports from the Mirror suggest that Gala are ready to pay what they owe in order to hold on to Sneijder and diffuse the threat of an English transfer.

Nonetheless, Sneijder may be getting bored with his current side, who performed dismally in the Champions League, exiting at the group stage by finishing rock bottom of Group D behind Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal and Anderlecht.

It remains possible that the former Inter man will still demand a switch for footballing reasons rather than simply financial motives.

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