Transfer blow as Arsenal and Tottenham target won’t be sold this January

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has turned down the possibility of selling star man Victor Wanyama this January following an approach from Arsenal, according to reports from the Express.

The Gunners have been heavily linked with a move for the Saints anchorman in recent weeks as Arsene Wenger attempts to reinforce his injury-plagued midfield.

The likes of Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere, and Mikel Arteta are all currently unavailable with respective injuries, forcing Wenger to spend in the transfer market.

And the Frenchman is a big fan Wanyama’s battling presence in the middle of the park, but Southampton boss Koeman insists that none of his players are leaving the club next month, even if there is the lure of playing in the Champions League.

“They can prepare whatever they like to prepare,” he said.

“Don’t spend time trying to buy a player from Southampton because it’s impossible.

“They talk about players from Southampton because we have some good players and there is always interest in players.

“And the ambition of players is about playing Champions League. We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business.

“That means in January nobody will leave Southampton.”

Wanyama is also a target for North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, but the 24-year-old will have much more of an opportunity to play first-team football at the Emirates compared to White Hart Lane.