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Southampton left in limbo on Schneiderlin

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Schneiderlin missed training today due to 'illness'
Schneiderlin missed training today due to 'illness'

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Manchester United have not made an increased bid for his French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Koeman confirmed that United made a bid for Schneiderlin two weeks ago, but that was swiftly rejected by Southampton and no subsequent bid has been forthcoming.

Schneiderlin missed training on Monday after calling in sick, but Koeman insisted that was not a ploy to try and avoid him attending the club's pre-season trip to Austria.

"He was sick, but he will be back tomorrow and he will travel with the rest of the squad to Austria," stated Koeman. "He was in contact with the doctor and he stayed at home.

"Two weeks ago we had a bid from Man Utd. It wasn't enough. Not serious. No more bids since then.

"Everyone knows the situation of Morgan. If you can get a good move to a big one, I can understand it."

Koeman went on to suggest he hoped any deal for Schneiderlin to join United would be concluded swiftly.

"I hope that if there is any business that it will be soon," he added. "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."

Koeman also confirmed that his club are eager to sign Toby Alderweireld, despite reports that Tottenham have beaten his club to the signature of the Atletico Madrid star who was on loan at Southampton last season.

Southampton believe they have activated a clause to sign Alderweireld, but Spurs are confident they can win the race to sign the defender despite the threat of legal action from Saints if the player joins another club.