Southampton’s top target Quincy Promes could reject a move to St Mary’s from Spartak Moscow, according to The Mirror.
The Saints have until midnight on Wednesday to get a deal for Promes over the line before the transfer window slams shut.
The coastal club have strengthened their side with the arrival of striker Guido Carrillo, but manager Mauricio Pellegrino has made it clear that he also wants Promes.
The Dutch winger has been in impressive form this season, scoring 10 goals and creating a further six in 17 outings in Russia’s top flight.
Promes would provide a fresh attacking element to the struggling Saints, but according to The Mirror, the player is not keen on the move.
The report claims that the 26-year-old wants to wait until the summer to see if a ‘bigger’ Premier League club comes in for him.
There is only so much that the coastal club can do to convince a player to join them.
Unfortunately from the club’s perspective, it is difficult to sell ambition given where they currently sit in the league table.
Pellegrino’s team are in the bottom three, one point from safety after 24 games, but the Southampton v Brighton betting odds do have the Saints as 8/11 favourites to pick up an invaluable three points.
In fact, they have not won in the top flight since November, which does not make them the most attractive prospect for a player of Promes’ talent.
However, if it is true that the winger is waiting for other clubs to make a move, he is taking a big risk.
Joining Southampton could accelerate a future transfer to a so-called bigger club, particularly if he proves himself in the division.