Southampton boss Ronald Koeman responds to links to Celtic loan star John Guidetti

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Despite having worked together at Feyenoord, Southampton manager Ronald Koeman isn't thinking about a move for Manchester City-owned John Guidetti this month.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has insisted at his press conference that he is not interested in a move for Manchester City striker John Guidetti.

Guidetti, 22, joined Celtic on a season-long loan in September, and hit an impressive 11 goals in his first 12 appearances for the Scottish champions.

The Swedish front man earned his first international cap since 2012 in November as a result and, while he has not found the net since, his career looks to be back on track following a couple of torrid seasons at the Etihad.

With his Blues contract up at the end of the season, Celtic boss Ronny Deila has made it known that he would like to sign Guidetti on a permanent basis, but talks have been shelved for the moment while the forward assess his options.

"We've been speaking for a long time but he's decided he wants to wait to see what his options are," he was quoted on the BBC.

"It will be March or April, maybe longer, so there won't be any final decision this month. But we know we have him until the end of the season."

Having scored 20 goals in 23 games during a previous loan spell under Koeman at Feyenoord, reports this week from the likes of the Daily Star have suggested that Guidetti could cut his Celtic stint short to make the move to the south coast.

However, it would appear that those claims are wide of the mark, with the Saints boss telling the press: “There is nothing serious in that.

“Okay, maybe about that I worked with Guidetti one season with Feyenoord, but at the moment we are not looking for another attacker."

Guidetti has made just one senior appearance for City since signing from local side IF Brommapojkarna in 2008, and his only taste of Premier League experience thus far has been a six-month loan stint at Stoke in 2014, where he failed to score in six outings.

Nevertheless, the promising striker has demonstrated his finishing talent in both the Eredivisie and the Scottish Premiership, but it doesn’t seem like that’s enough to convince Koeman into brokering a reunion.

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