Southampton Head of Football Development Les Reed has told the Daily Echo that the Saints actual made a bid worth more money than Tottenham's offer for Toby Alderweireld.
Alderweireld, 26, spent last season on loan at Southampton having slipped down the pecking order with Atletico Madrid in the 2013/14 season.
Alderweireld completed his move to Spurs earlier this week, signing a five-year contract at White Hart Lane, reuniting with Belgian international team-mates Jan Vertonghen, Moussa Dembele and Nacer Chadli in North London.
The deal was incredibly controversial given that Southampton believed they had a buy-out clause inserted into Alderweireld's loan deal, only for Atletico to sell him to Tottenham instead - and Head of Football Development Reed has told the Daily Echo that Alderweireld simply wanted to sign for Spurs instead of the Saints.
"We believe we bid more than Spurs," said Reed. "I did ask whether financially there was an issue with his contract that we needed to talk about and was assured no there wasn’t, it wasn’t salary, it wasn’t with Atletico a transfer fee, it was just that Toby felt his future lay at Tottenham Hotspur."
"Then you have to weigh up there are four Belgian players at Tottenham Hotspur, his fellow centre half for Belgium plays at Tottenham Hotspur, so there would have been a big pull that way," he added
Another difficult summer for Southampton
Last summer, the Saints lost the likes of Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and even manager Mauricio Pochettino, leaving new boss Ronald Koeman wich a huge rebuilding job on his hands.
Southampton navigated that well, managing to clinch a Europa League place - but now, Koeman has also lost Nathaniel Clyne and Alderweireld, whilst the future of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin remains up in the air.
Koeman and the Saints will once again have to show that they can cope with the losses and rebuild during the transfer window - and hope for less upheaval next time around.