Southampton seemingly priced Burton Albion out of a deal to bring Jake Hesketh back to the Pirelli Stadium.

Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has criticised Southampton after the Premier League outfit priced The Brewers out of a deal to keep Jake Hesketh at the Pirelli Stadium beyond the January transfer window, as reported by the Derby Telegraph.

Hesketh was a big hit at Burton in the first half of the season, playing a major role in their run to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup. The 22-year-old scored in the 3-1 win against Nottingham Forest before netting the clinching goal away at Middlesbrough in the quarter-finals.

As a result, Clough was hoping to extend Hesketh’s deal until the end of the season but his hopes fell flat when Southampton asked for more money. When Burton failed to pay up, the St Mary’s youngster dropped down to League Two with MK Dons instead.

And Clough was far from impressed.

“We said all along that we’d like to keep Jake Hesketh on the same deal,” he told the Derby Telegraph. “Southampton wanted something different and wanted a bit of money for him, and unfortunately for Jake, he has ended up stepping down to League Two.

“I’d have thought that, having had such a good first half of the season in League One, Southampton would’ve wanted him to at least stay at this level.

“We just thought the benefit that Southampton and Jake were getting from him being with us wasn’t worth a little bit of finances that Southampton were asking for.

“When you think they get £150m in the Premier League, a few quid for a young player isn’t going to make too much difference for them.”

Stockport-born Hesketh has been a Southampton player for 13 years now but he has managed just four first-team appearances in that time.

The Saints have long been viewed as a club renowned for bringing through young talent, such as Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Gareth Bale, but it remains to be seen whether Hesketh has the talent to follow in their footsteps.

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