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Saints lose interest in Townsend

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend is not one of the players Southampton are looking to sign on deadline day, Press Association Sport understands.

The England international has been strongly linked with a move to St Mary's, with reports he could be involved in a deal which would see Jay Rodriguez go the other way.

However, it is understood Townsend is no longer one of the players Southampton are looking at, although they remain keen to bring in a winger.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman also wants to strengthen his defence before the window shuts, with Atletico Madrid's Toby Alderweireld one of the players the club are negotiating with.

It is understood the only players leaving St Mary's will be fringe players, with the club remaining firm in their stance that the likes of Rodriguez and Morgan Schneiderlin, of interest to Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs, are not for sale.

Saints confirmed on Monday afternoon they had agreed to terminate midfielder Saphir Taider's loan spell from Inter Milan - less than a month after joining the club.

The 22-year-old Algeria international moved to St Mary's on a season-long loan on August 6, with a view to signing permanently from Inter. The deal also saw club-record signing Dani Osvaldo go the other way.

However, a club statement on Monday read: "The midfielder joined Saints for the 2014/15 campaign but, having failed to live up to the high levels of commitment expected of Southampton players, that arrangement has been cut short by the club.

"Taider, whose only first-team appearance came in the friendly against Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month, now returns to parent club Inter Milan. Dani Osvaldo's loan arrangement with the Italian side is unaffected."

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