Koeman comments on Alderweireld's future amid reports of imminent Tottenham deal

Ronald Koeman remains hopeful that Toby Alderweireld will sign for Southampton.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told Sky Sports that he hopes defender Toby Alderweireld will sign for the Saints this summer.

Alderweireld, 26, has spent the last year on loan at Southampton having failed to make an impact with Atletico Madrid in the 2013/14 campaign.

The Belgian international proved his quality with Southampton, turning in the kind of performances that made him such a wanted man during his time with Ajax.

Now though, Alderweireld has returned to Spain after his loan deal expired, and interest is building in his services following his consistent displays for Southampton.

The Telegraph recently reported that Alderweireld is edging closer to a move to Premier League rivals Tottenham, who want to pair Alderweireld with his international and former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen.

With reports of an imminent move to White Hart Lane, Saints boss Koeman has told Sky Sports that he hopes Alderweireld will choose to stay on the South Coast.

"The player likes to stay, we like to keep the player but it's a little difficult at the moment with Atletico Madrid, I have a good hope he will stay for Southampton," said Koeman.

Southampton or Tottenham?

Alderweireld could now be faced with a decision between signing for Southampton or moving on to play for Premier League rivals Spurs.

The Belgian has enjoyed a superb loan spell with Southampton, but he may receive a better offer financially from Spurs, who are a little more extravagant than the prudent Saints.

With international team-mates Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli already at White Hart Lane, Spurs could be a great destination for Alderweireld, who would almost certainly play on a regular basis in the Spurs defence under Mauricio Pochettino.

It's a tough decision to pick between two teams gunning for the top six, but it would be little surprise to see the defender choose Tottenham over Southampton this summer.

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