Tottenham want Southampton’s Schneiderlin in part-exchange deal

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to offer £20m and either Andros Townsend or Benjamin Stambouli to Southampton in return for France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, the London Evening Standard has reported.

Spurs face competition from capital rivals Arsenal and Chelsea but are said to be confident Schneiderlin will choose to move to White Hart Lane over the Emirates Stadium or Stamford Bridge. The 25-year-old has been a Southampton player since a 2008 move from Strasbourg, joining when the Saints were in League One and rising through the leagues on the south coast, making more than 250 appearances and winning a regular place in the France squad.

Schneiderlin is viewed more as a back-up option by Chelsea, who are targeting the likes of Koke, the Atletico Madrid midfielder, and Juventus’ former Manchester United starlet Paul Pogba. Arsenal meanwhile have put their interest on hold after Francois Coquelin came to prominence with an extended run in the side.

Tottenham first tried to sign Schneiderlin in the summer of 2014, having appointed former Southampton Coach Mauricio Pochettino as a replacement for Tim Sherwood. Townsend and Stambouli have meanwhile been on the fringes of the first team under Pochettino and Tottenham hope to lower Southampton’s asking price by offering one of the pair in part-exchange.

Southampton have however insisted they will not sell any of their most important players, a year after an exodus from the club saw Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert depart, among others.

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