Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has revealed that the south coast club have offered 25 year-old midfielder Jack Cork a new deal.
Cork’s contract expires at the end of the current campaign which makes him a free agent in the summer, yet Koeman was insistent last month that he wanted to keep the player at St Mary’s.
In is weekly press conference, Koeman confirmed that negotiations with Cork and his representative had begun, and that the club were now waiting for an answer.
“He can stay,” Koeman said.
“The board of the club is talking to him and to his agent.
“We have offered a contract and Jack Cork by himself has to say yes or no.”
Cork – who signed for the Saints in 2011 and has gone on to appear for the club over 100 times – has recently returned from an ankle injury which he suffered in the loss to Arsenal last month. He could therefore feature in Southampton’s Premier League fixture against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with a move to United recently, which means that the club are determined to hold onto Cork, who has been an integral part of the Saints’ rapid rise up the football league.
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