Southampton Slams “Misinformed” Reports on Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana Futures
Premier League over-achievers Southampton has slammed reports in the media they are tipped to sell their star players Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana, insisting there will be no “fire-sale”.
Speculation over the futures of 18-year-old wonderkid Shaw as well as in-form midfielder Lallana had been rampant on the press in recent weeks, with as much as five Premier League giants chasing the duo.
Liverpool and Chelsea are thought to be interested in Lallana’s services, while Tottenham and Arsenal are keen on securing the signature of Shaw. Manchester United, for their part, are thought to be chasing both in a £55m bumper deal.
But the Saints have moved to blast the rumours, maintaining they will endeavour to keep their star players in an effort to build for the future.
“Reports that some of our players are negotiating transfers are misinformed,” Southampton director Les Reed told the BBC.
“As we stand, there have been no enquiries or offers for any of our players. That is the truth. No club has been given permission to talk to any of our players,” the Saints official added.
Reed went further and sounded a hands-off warning to the clubs who could make a move for the Southampton players, saying: “Any enquiries we get will probably be met with a ‘no, not for sale’. Our intention is to keep this very good team together and build on it by bringing in players to improve on that. We have our targets and these are things we talk about on a daily basis.
“There is not going to be a fire-sale, we want to keep all of our best players at the club and build for the future,” Reed added.