Report: Southampton pursuing Andros Townsend if Mane departs; should Pochettino offer swap?

Southampton will reportedly pursue Tottenham's Andros Townsend.

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton will turn to Tottenham winger Andros Townsend if they end up having to sell Sadio Mane to Manchester United.

A report from The Telegraph last week suggested that United had made a move to sign Senegal international Mane having seen Pedro join rivals Chelsea instead of making the move to Old Trafford.

The saga over Mane may run right up until the transfer deadline in just over a week's time, and Southampton therefore need to have contingency plans in place, should Mane leave St. Mary's Stadium just one year after arriving from Red Bull Salzburg.

The Mirror believe that manager Ronald Koeman will look to bring in Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who was in and out of the Spurs side last season under Mauricio Pochettino.

The 24-year-old needs first team football to be assured of his place in England's Euro 2016 squad, and he would certainly get that at Southampton.

An interesting sub-plot is that, according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are poised to lodge a £16m bid to sign Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama.

In a bid to accelerate the deals, Tottenham should look to offer Townsend in exchange for Wanyama, especially with Sky Sports suggesting that Wanyama wants to leave the South Coast club this summer.

With Townsend seemingly having a bit-part role under Pochettino at White Hart Lane, using him in exchange for a player who could play a key role would be a wise move for Spurs - and with Southampton interested in Townsend, it could be appealing to all parties.

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