Southampton are set to reject a £10million offer from Fulham for defender Matt Targett, according to The Mirror.

The England under-21 international helped the Cottagers to Premier League promotion last campaign during a loan spell, with Slaviša Jokanović keen to bring him to the club on a permanent deal.

That looks unlikely though, as the Saints see the 22-year-old fullback as a replacement for want-away star Ryan Bertrand.

Academy graduate Targett has made 42 appearances for Southampton, but was sent to Fulham in January in search of regular first-team action.

The youngster made a great impression in his 21 outings for the London based outfit, scoring in a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

His performances were key to their return to the top flight, as they defeated Aston Villa 1-0 in the play-off final despite going down to 10 men.

While Southampton seem resigned to the fact that Bertrand is heading for the exit door, they are tightening their grip on Targett and any transfer looks unlikely.

The left-back’s emergence at St Mary’s is just another example of the outstanding academy set-up at the club.

Mark Hughes will be hoping that their conveyor belt of talent will continue to produce talent as he looks change Southampton’s fortunes in the new season.

After surviving relegation by just three points last season, the Saints will be looking to improve massively and push up the table.


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