Southampton await next move in Schneiderlin saga

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Schneiderlin left in limbo by Man Utd
Schneiderlin left in limbo by Man Utd

Morgan Schneiderlin has returned to training with Southampton, dispelling rumours that he might go on strike for force through a move to Manchester United.

Schneiderlin skipped training on Monday after he called to say he was suffering from an illness, with sceptics suggesting this was his ploy to try and avoid going on the club's pre-season trip to Austria.

United had a £20m offer for Schneiderlin rejected by Southampton last month, with the south coast club expecting a second bid to come along swiftly.

That has not been forthcoming and now Koeman finds himself in a position he did not want to be in as he prepares for the new season, with suggestions that United are weighing up other potential midfield options before deciding whether to lodge another bid for Schneiderlin.

Koeman has confirmed that Schneiderlin can join United if a deal can be struck between the two clubs.

"Everyone knows the situation of Morgan," Koeman said yesterday. "If you can get a good move to a big one (club), I can understand it.
"I hope that if there is any business that it will be soon. That is best for the player and best for us. We need to sign a player if we sell the player.
"Of course I was at a lot of meetings with Morgan and everybody knows his situation. It is important for the player to do a good pre-season. Then we will see.
"I don't talk about money, numbers. That is not my business. That is for the club."
It now falls to United to make the next move in this story, with Southampton keen for any deal to be concluded swiftly.