Southampton have already lost their manager and three of their best players ahead of the 2014-15 season. Mauricio Pochettino’s departure to Spurs was quickly followed by the sale of Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana, both of whom joined Liverpool, while left back Luke Shaw eventually completed a big money deal to Manchester United.
Those sales have increased any potential transfer ‘war chest’ for Ronald Koeman by some £60m but if reports are to be believed, the Saints are now looking to call a halt to any future exits.
That could be bad news for anyone hoping that Spurs will secure the signature of centre half Dejan Lovren. While Pochettino has been linked with the majority of his former squad, it had been reported that the Croatian international was the priority target with Michael Dawson set to join Hull and concerns over the fitness of certain members of the Tottenham defence.
There are further reports claiming that Lovren has handed in a transfer request and that Liverpool are battling Spurs as they aim to reunited the player with some former team mates.
Meanwhile, the stories relating to Dawson’s move continue so if Spurs are blocked in their attempts to sign Dejan Lovren, who will they turn their attention to?