Nathanial Clyne has been given an ultimatum by manager Ronald Koeman, who says that he must sort out his future before the end of the current season.
The 24-year old is reportedly a target for a host of Premier League clubs, including Chelsea and Manchester United.
His current contract runs until 2016, but Clyne is reportedly reluctant to sign a new deal as he is aware of the interest shown by other clubs. He has also said that he believes that playing in the Champions League would be the “next step” in his progression.
Saints boss Koeman, who dropped Clyne from the Southampton squad for the game against Hull last weekend, told BBC Radio Solent: “We are talking to Clyne and his agent. We can’t wait until the end of the season.
“It’s not like we need to know today or tomorrow but we are talking to them and we will try to do everything to keep the player but you need both parties for that.”
The south coast club are in no hurry to sell, but Clyne is reportedly looking for a move away. Earlier this week, he said: “flattered by the interest from the big clubs. It shows that I’m doing well and I’ve had a good season.”
He also said: “I’m definitely ambitious. Every player would love to be playing in the Champions League and winning trophies and titles. That’s what you play football for – that’s the dream.
“I think I need experience playing European football. We’re doing well with Southampton and hopefully we can get there.
“That would be great. So I’m just concentrating on Southampton. There are a few more games to play, so I’m just concentrating on getting to the fourth spot.”