Tottenham Have Caused Anger With ‘Derisory’ Opening Bid For Arsenal Target

Spurs only offered £10m for Schneiderlin.

Southampton have been left angered by what they have deemed a derisory opening bid from Tottenham Hotspur for Morgan Schneiderlin of £10m, reports the Telegraph.

The Frenchman – who is also being targeted by Arsenal – has made it clear to Saints chairman Ralph Krueger that he wants to leave St Mary’s this summer and reunite with former manager Mauricio Pochettino at White Hart Lane.

Yet Krueger says Schneiderlin will not be sold this summer as he tries to allay the fans’ fears following what has been something of a mass exodus from the south coast.

So far captain Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren have left the club, whilst Pochettino has taken up his new post at Spurs.

Krueger spoke publicly about Schneiderlin and teammate Jay Rodriguez, stating categorically that neither player would be sold.

Yet this stance angered the France international, who having played for the Saints since 2008 felt he was ready for a new challenge and was ready to leave the club.

So with Schneiderlin wanting to move to North London and Tottenham keen on signing the 24-year-old everything appeared to be simple – that was until chairman Daniel Levy entered negotiations.

Levy is of the thinking that leaving transfer business until late in the window means clubs have to drop their asking price, but this is also a risky tactic that sees many targets slip away.

Whatever happens the Hampshire side want around double the £10m the Lilywhites have bid.

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