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Southampton may look to tie Fraser Forster down for the long term

Fraser Forster in action for Southampton against Chelsea
Image: Forster has been in top form since returning to fitness

Manager Ronald Koeman says Southampton may try to agree a long-term contract extension with Fraser Forster in an attempt to ward off transfer interest in the keeper.

But Koeman admitted that, while he does not want to lose any of the club's star players, the Saints still find it hard to compete with the Premier League's richest clubs.

England goalkeeper Forster is a hot property at the moment, having been in very impressive form since returning from a long term knee injury in January.

The 28-year-old signed a four-year deal when he joined from Celtic in 2014, but he may be in line for a new contract at the end of the season. 

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"That's a possibility, yes," said Koeman, when asked if a contract extension for Forster might be discussed in the summer.

Ronald Koeman, Southampton v West Ham United, Premier League
Image: Koeman says Southampton will try hard to keep their top players

Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane are other possible targets for Southampton's top flight rivals in the off-season and Koeman added: "We will try to hold onto everyone of course.

"But we know our situation and we know we can't win against the big teams with a lot of money.

"That's a good thing that our players have ambition, everybody wants to play at the highest level.

"But we will do everything we can to keep the players in."

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