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Southampton Set Out Their Transfer Policy With Ralph Hasenhuttl Insisting That The Club Has No Reason To Trade Danny Ings To Tottenham

As Spurs struggle to sign their top transfer target this summer, Ralph Hasenhuttl has warned Tottenham that Southampton have “no reason to sell” Danny Ings.
Nuno Espirito Santo, the new Tottenham manager, wants Ings to partner Harry Kane next season after the Southampton striker turned down a new four-year contract.
Ings’ contract expires in a year, although Southampton are keen to maintain hold of the 28-year-old.
Hasenhuttl admits that Ings entering the final year of his contract is “not a perfect position” for Southampton, but he has told Tottenham that the striker is not for sale.
Southampton are particularly wary of doing business with Tottenham after a terrible experience last summer when negotiating the transfer of Pierre-Emilie Hojbjerg, which included what Southampton saw as attempts to turn the midfielder’s head early in negotiations, as well as chairman Daniel Levy’s known hardball tactics.
“He’s our player for another year, we spent a lot of money for him,” Hasenhuttl acknowledged for the first time since Tottenham’s interest in Ings revealed.
“When we first brought him here, we put a lot of effort into getting him to where he is now.”
“We persevered with him through all of his injuries, giving him the time he needed to rehabilitate and perform.”
“There’s no need to sell him, but going into your final year without a contract is always a danger for the player.”
“That’s why it’s never good for anyone, not for us, not for him, because in football, you never know what might happen – injuries can happen, which no one wants.”
“Our team is telling him what to do, and we each have our own ideas about what we want him to do.”
“He’s our player, and we’d love for him to stay here,” Hasenhuttl told BBC Radio Solent, “but one thing is clear: if he doesn’t extend his contract, it’s not a perfect position for him, and it’s not a perfect scenario for us.”
“Messages like he doesn’t accept our deal, he doesn’t want to prolong his contract, don’t assist anyone – not him, not us,” he says.
I’m not sure who sent these messages, but they aren’t coming from our end.

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