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Southampton stars 'staying'

Southampton are determined to keep their star players at the club this summer, according to executive director Les Reed.

Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers have been strongly linked with moves away from St Mary's after impressing with their form for Mauricio Pochettino's side this season.

There have even been suggestions that England left-back Shaw has agreed a deal with Manchester United, but that speculation was quashed by Reed ahead of Pochettino's press conference previewing Saturday's match with Everton.

Pochettino has also been linked with the managerial job at Tottenham but Reed is confident the Argentine will stay as he plans for next season.

"Both Mauricio and myself are very happy with the way we're approaching things at the moment," Reed said.

"We would like to focus on the remaining fixtures of the season. We will pick up the contract talks over the summer.

"We talk about the future every day. We're both comfortable with the situation.

"As we stand, there have been no enquiries or offers for any of our players.

That is the truth.

"No club has been given permission to talk to any of our players. Reports that some of our players are negotiating transfers are misinformed.

"We want to improve the squad going forward and retain our current players."