Southampton are looking to tie up the contract of Jack Cork within the next week or else they will take the risk of losing him for free in the summer, Skysports report.
The 25-year-old will run out his current deal at the end of the season and although Ronald Koeman is urging him to pledge his future to the club, the midfielder is still unsure over his role.
Cork has constantly been left out of a regular role at St Mary’s due to a number of injuries while the improving form of midfield duo Victor Wanyama and Morgan Schneiderlin is often leaving him benched.
With the January window more than halfway done, Koeman is giving him about a week to decide on his future so he can consider whether or not he will need to bring in extra reinforcements.
“No, we are still waiting about the answer of Jack and we like to know it next week,” he said. “Of course (it is important to know his plans) because that makes plans for the future, for next season.
“If Jack likes to stay I’m very happy, if he likes to move then that means that we need another midfield player.”
The Englishman was considered a vital member for the Saints during their time in the Championship, but has seen very little playing time this season, making only five Premier League starts out of a possible 22 so far.