Southampton manager, Ralph Hassenhuttl, has fired a warning to Spurs over their reported pursuit of defender, Jannik Vestergaard.
The Express have claimed that Spurs are looking into signing Vestergaard this summer, with an £18m fee said to be the asking price of Southampton.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been keen to bring in a new central defender for some time now. Vestergaard, who has impressed in the PL with the Saints, would clearly fit the bill for the Portuguese coach.
But speaking today, Southampton boss Hassenhuttl has said he will do everything he can to keep the big defender at St Mary’s.
“What can I say? It’s nothing new when players who did a good job for us this season are on the list for some bigger clubs,” Hassenhuttl told the Daily Echo.
“This is normal. You can be sure that this player has a contract for Southampton Football Club and as long as he has this, he’s our player and we will do everything to keep him here and to protect him for everything.”
Spurs, then, will have their work cut out it seems if they do fancy landing Vestergaard this summer.
TBR View: Southampton right to hold firm, no big reason to sell
Most Premier League clubs now have enough money in the coffers to not be bullied into selling players at the first sign of a bid.
And that’s all that Hassenhuttl is hinting at here. Essentially, why should Southampton buckle and sell Vestergaard just because Spurs have registered their interest?
The Saints are right to dig in here and should demand a big fee if Spurs do indeed want to make a concrete bid.