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Koeman: Keeping Schneiderlin was a coup

Ronald Koeman believes persuading Morgan Schneiderlin to stay at St Mary's was Southampton's biggest transfer-window coup.

Koeman has tipped new recruits Sadio Mane and Toby Alderweireld to thrive on the south coast, but admitted holding onto Schneiderlin was Saints' most important move.

I hoped, and in the last three weeks I would say yes, him staying has been the best part (of the transfer window) for us.

He's a fantastic player and an important player for the team.

That gives the rest of the lads the confidence and ambition that we spoke about.

It was not an easy one because he was disappointed in the beginning, but I think that was a normal reaction.

But after that his behaviour has been professional and the one answer he gave was on the pitch, and that's always the best answer that you can give.

It's important for us to keep that kind of player in the team.

I spoke several times with Morgan, but finally the player by himself changed his mind and that's the most important thing.

– Southampton manager Ronald Koeman.


Alderweireld and Mane undergoing Saints medicals

Alderweireld looks set to join Southampton. Credit: PA

Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane are undergoing medicals at Southampton, Press Association Sport understands.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman looks to have won the race for the in-demand duo, thwarting Newcastle and Sunderland for Belgium defender Alderweireld and Tottenham for Senegal striker Mane.

Atletico Madrid centre-back Alderweireld and Red Bull Salzburg forward Mane could both command sizeable fees as the south coast club continue reshaping their squad after the summer exodus.

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