Report: Southampton star Alderweireld and Tottenham target keeping options open

Southampton loanee Toby Alderweireld is keeping his options open, with interest from Tottenham Hotspur credited.

Toby Alderweireld has refused to commit his future to Southampton as he enters a crucial summer for his career.

The Belgian international left Ajax two summers ago for Atletico Madrid, only to barely be used in Diego Simeone's side's historical La Liga winning campaign.

He was loaned out to Southampton this past season, and played regularly for Ronald Koeman's impressive side.

The Mirror reported earlier this month Spurs are seeking to sign the defender, with ESPN reporting him in March stating he would like to play again with Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham at club level.

Now asked about his future, Alderweireld has again refused to commit one way or another.

A BBC report, which mentions Tottenham as an interested party along with Manchester City, quotes Alderweireld as follows:

"I really want to go to a club that really wants me.

"There are three options - stay with Atletico, stay with Southampton or go to another club. So we will see what happens.

"Southampton gave me that opportunity and it paid off, I think. I've had a fantastic year, I can't lie about that, so, yes, I'd like to stay in the Premier League."

The ball is seemingly in the court of the interested clubs to make an offer. Alderweireld could have come out and simply stated he wanted to stay at Southampton, but instead chose to identify the league as the one in which he wished to remain.

It may be that he is haggling for the best financial offer from any of his suitors, but if Spurs needed a prompt to pursue their interest in the Belgian, this was it.

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