According to the Daily Mail, Southampton have rejected a bid from Tottenham for midfielder Victor Wanyama, and are determined to keep him at the club.
The Saints have once again lost a host of players this summer, just like in 2014, as Nathaniel Clyne, Morgan Schneiderlin and Toby Alderweireld all left the club in recent months.
Manager Ronald Koeman will be hoping to keep the rest of his squad in tact, but now he has to contend with interest in Kenyan international Wanyama.
The 24-year-old joined the Saints from Celtic back in 2013, and his powerful displays protecting the Southampton back line have now triggered interest in his signature.
The Daily Mail report that Tottenham - managed by Wanyama's former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino - are pursuing Wanyama, but have seen their bid for the midfield powerhouse rejected.
It's also stated that Southampton are determined to keep Wanyama on the South Coast, given that finding a replacement with just a week to go until the transfer deadline would be incredibly difficult.
Whether Spurs decide to increase their offer remains to be seen, but with Sky Sports reporting that Wanyama has asked to leave Southampton, they have all the encouragement they need to launch another bid.
Pochettino certainly needs a holding midfielder in order to protect his defence, and Wanyama would be ideal - but convincing Southampton to sell so late in the transfer window could be virtually impossible.