Koeman denies speculation that Rodriguez will reunite with Pochettino at Tottenham

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says forward Jay Rodriguez is not for sale amid speculation of a move to Tottenham.

Speculation from the Daily Mirror on Thursday suggested that Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham were eyeing up moves to sign Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez.

The England international, 25, has still yet to return from injury having suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament back in April - but that doesn't seem to be stopping teams from targeting his signature.

The link to Tottenham is an obvious one; Rodriguez flourished under Mauricio Pochettino's management, and the Argentine is now in charge of Spurs - and in need of another striker.

However, Saints boss Ronald Koeman spoke to the press after his side's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup, and poured cold water on the speculation, as reported by the Daily Star.

"He’s a Southampton player, he has a contract and he’s not for sale," said Koeman. "First, the most important for Jay is that he will come back and play in football and that’s our question, not about the rumours."

Despite Koeman's comments, speculation is likely to continue over Rodriguez's future, having hit 17 goals in 39 games for the Saints last season.

Just months after losing Pochettino, Calum Chambers, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert, Southampton will fight tooth and nail to keep hold of Rodriguez - but may be preparing for bids in the near future.

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