According to TEAMtalk, Southampton have been told that Fulham will not be selling Ryan Fredericks during the latter stages of the January transfer window.
Southampton, along with fellow Premier League club Swansea City, have been credited with an interest in Fredericks in recent days.
It had been thought that the Saints – who are expected to be active over the next 24 hours or so – were preparing a move for the 25-year-old, who will be out of contract this summer.
However, according to TEAMtalk, Fulham are ready to activate a 12-month extension on the defender’s contract, and have told Southampton that the player is not for sale.
Fredericks has made 29 appearances in all competitions for Fulham this season, with the former England Under-19 international forging an impressive career since leaving Tottenham Hotspur.
Southampton have money to spend following the £75m sale of Virgil van Dijk to Liverpool earlier this month.
The Saints have managed to get a deal for Monaco forward Guido Carrillo over the line, but it is understood that a move for Spartak Moscow’s Quincy Promes has gone cold as the attacker is reportedly holding out for a bigger club.
It would be a major blow if Mauricio Pellegrino’s side failed to get a deal for Promes over the line at this stage of the window.
Southampton are unbeaten in their last four matches in all competitions, but they have not won in the Premier League since the end of November.
They will host Brighton & Hove Albion in the league on Wednesday night, and the club’s supporters will be hoping that at least one more new face has arrived before the January window slams shut.
However, it seems that Fredericks, who is valued at £1.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, will not be the player in question.
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