Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has stated that he wants the club to spend big this summer in a bid to challenge the established order of English football.
The Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League rivals Everton, who sacked Roberto Martinez on Thursday after an underwhelming campaign on Merseyside.
Although the Goodison Park outfit have a host of names being linked with a move to replace the Spaniard, Koeman is reportedly one of the frontrunners in their thinking.
Everton have a new wealthy owner and are expected to hand their next manager a considerable amount of money to spend.
As such Koeman has urged Southampton to allow him to splash the cash this summer if they want him to reject interest from the Toffees and stay at St Mary’s.
“Everybody knows how we like to grow and like to improve and that we want to fight for and win titles or fight for European football on a regular basis,” The Sun quote him as saying.
“But it is important to know what we can do to improve our team and be stronger, in my opinion that is ambition.
“If you don’t like that ambition you start to be sloppy and that is not what I like to be.”
Southampton have put forward a late-season renaissance and could finish as high as fifth dependant on Sunday’s results on the final day of the Premier League season.