SOUTHAMPTON have introduced any other raid on Manchester Town by means of accommodation a bid to signal younger striker Liam Delap completely.
However the champions have advised Saints they’re handiest prepared to let the highly-rated 19-year-old ahead transfer on mortgage for the season forward.
Southampton have observed a bid rejected for Town’s DelapCredit score: Getty
Pep Guardiola has signed Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez this summer time so Delap is not going to function incessantly this season.
However he’s smartly considered on the Etihad and the membership hierarchy wish to see how he plays in common first-team soccer earlier than you decide on his long run.
So the be offering – which may have reached £16million however used to be significantly much less up entrance – used to be thrown out.
Guardiola has in the past hailed Delap as Town‘s long run.
The Spaniard is raring for Town’s long run stars to coach and play incessantly with the first-team as he regularly feels there’s a disconnect.
He stated: “Liam Delap for me, for the membership, is so essential for the longer term.
“On the finish of ultimate season, we stated we needed to prolong the contract.
“He’s going to coach with us, if a striker comes or doesn’t come. He’ll educate with us all season.
“Him, Cole Palmer, James McAtee, Luke Mbete, Romeo Lavia. There are 5 or 6 guys who might be with us all season. The similar procedure we’ve achieved with Tommy Doyle.
“It’s like Phil (Foden), when he arrived with us. (He) educated with us and performed with the second one crew. It’s one of the best ways to assist with their building.
“The issue with academies is the gap between their pageant and the Premier League. It’s too large.
“And it’s in reality tricky to advertise them from right here. This is the reason one of the best ways for gamers we expect have doable like Sam Edozie (he’s any other man) is for them to be with us.”
Southampton have already signed Town children Gavin Bazunu and Romeo Lavia for a blended price of over £22m.