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Ronald Koeman tells Manchester United to up the bid for Morgan Schneiderlin

By Staff Reporter

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has told Manchester United they will need to improve on their initial offer for Morgan Schneiderlin if they want to sign the French midfielder this summer.

Koeman confirmed the Saints had received a bid from Old Trafford for Schneiderlin, but said "it wasn't serious".

The Dutchman also said Southampton were hopeful of retaining Toby Alderweireld despite revealing Atletico Madrid, the defender's parent club, are resisting their move to make his loan deal a permanent one.

"Two weeks ago we had a big offer from Man United but it wasn't enough. It wasn't serious and no more bids today," said Koeman.

Louis Van Gaal is keen to sign Schneiderlin before United fly out to the United States on July 13 and Koeman is hopeful any deal for the 25-year-old will be concluded in the imminent future.

Southampton were expecting to complete a £6.8m deal for Alderweireld after it was understood that Atletico Madrid failed to cancel his buy-out clause in time.

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