Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has warned Arsenal and Tottenham they cannot use back channels to prise Victor Wanyama away from Southampton in January.
Manager Koeman insists Saints’ Premier League rivals will be wasting their time should they try to court Wanyama’s interest behind the scenes.
The Dutch boss remains adamant Southampton will reject all bids for Wanyama in January, despite accepting several top-flight clubs could be attempting to turn the Kenya midfielder’s head.
Arsenal have been linked with a big-money January move for Wanyama for months, with Spurs rumoured to be monitoring proceedings, but Koeman remains unmoved.
“They can prepare whatever they like to prepare,” said Koeman, of rumours rival clubs are lining up January bids for Wanyama.
“Don’t spend time trying to buy a player from Southampton because it’s impossible.”
Koeman then claimed he remains unfazed about Wanyama’s future despite fully accepting several clubs could well be trying to influence the 24-year-old’s thinking.
“It’s possible. We know that because it’s the same every time,” said Koeman, when asked if he believes rival clubs have attempted to make their interest in Wanyama known through unofficial means.
“They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players.
“And the ambition of players is about playing Champions League.
“We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business.
“That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.”