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Southampton 'not in for Sneijder'

Southampton are not in the running to sign Wesley Sneijder, but Press Association Sport understands there is interest from a number of other Premier League clubs.

Reports have emerged that St Mary's could be his next stop after a career which has taken the Dutch playmaker to Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Galatasaray.

It has been suggested that Saints manager Ronald Koeman is readying an audacious bid to sign the Holland international from the troubled Turkish giants.

However, sources close to the situation have told Press Association Sport there is no chance Sneijder will be leaving Galatasaray for Southampton.

There has been no expression of interest from Saints but a move to the Premier League is not out of the question for the 30-year-old.

It is understood several English clubs are amongst those to have recently shown interest in Sneijder, who is under contract at Galatasaray for a further 18 months.

Manchester United have long been linked with the midfielder, who is also reportedly attracting interest from rivals Manchester City.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's match with Everton, Saints boss Koeman confirmed he would love to bring a player like Sneijder to St Mary's - but knows there is no chance of such a move. "I am interested but we can't pay him," he said with a smile. "I know that because his agent is my agent. There is nothing in that. Seriously."

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