Report states Jose Fonte and Dusan Tadic among Southampton players in line for a new deal

Jose Fonte celebrates after scoring the third goal for Southampton

Southampton are keen to tie down their best players.

FC Groningen's Tom Hiariej in action with Southampton's Dusan Tadic

Southampton are set to offer new deals to three of their most important first-team players, according to a report in the Daily Echo.

They report that Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte and Dusan Tadic are all in line for new deals at St Mary's, with the report describing the contract offers as 'lucrative'.

Portugal Training - EURO 2016

The club are looking to tie down both Soares and Tadic for the long-term, while Fonte is set to be given a pay rise to bring him in line with the club's top earners.

Soares is said to have impressed new manager Claude Puel during his heroics with the Portugal side at Euro 2016 while Fonte's importance to the side cannot be overstated given he has been with the side since they were in League One - and the club are said to not want him to feel undervalued. 

Southampton manager Claude Puel

If all three players sign new contracts with the club that will take the number of players to have agreed new deals to at least eight this summer. 

Keeping hold of their solid and dependable players, especially ones that will have caught the eye on the international stage in Soares and Fonte, is going to be essential for the club moving forward. With European football this season, and along with the ambition of maintaining some sustained progress, it seems essential for there to be a solid base, while Tadic is a very talented player who has proved a thorn in many a side since his arrival at the club.

Portugal's Jose Fonte celebrates at the end of the game

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