Friday 28 October 2016

Saints vow to keep Wanyama and Mane amid transfer talk

Southampton’s Sadio Mane
Southampton’s Sadio Mane

Southampton remain determined to keep hold of Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama this month despite recent disciplinary issues.

Speculation over the highly-rated pair's Saints futures has mounted in recent days after issues before and during Saturday's 1-0 loss at Norwich.

Ronald Koeman benched attacker Mane for the Carrow Road encounter after again turning up late for a team meeting, having been dropped for the same reason against Liverpool in February.

Wanyama started against Norwich but ultimately cost the Saints, with Alex Tettey scoring the winner three minutes after the Kenyan midfielder was sent off for collecting a second booking. The weekend indiscipline saw talk increase that the pair could exit in January, but it is understood Saints remain determined to keep hold of the African duo.

"We know what we like to do and how we like to do our business. That means in January nobody will leave Southampton," Koeman said.

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