Southampton deny firesale fears despite Lambert exit

The Saints sold the England striker to Liverpool on Monday and Mauricio Pochettino has also departed, but the club say they have no need to sell in spite of offers for their stars

Southampton have confirmed that multiple offers have been received for several of the club's star players, but that they will stand firm despite the sale of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool.

The south-coast side drew plaudits for a string of excellent performances in the Premier League last season, as they achieved a record points tally in England's top flight to finish eighth.

The Saints' success has already seen Mauricio Pochettino depart for Tottenham last month, while England international Lambert joined boyhood club Liverpool earlier on Monday.

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Rumours have also persisted that captain Adam Lallana will make the switch to Anfield, while full-back Luke Shaw is thought to be Manchester United's radar - but a club statement on their official website rejected suggestions they could be forced to sell their prized assets.

"Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks," the statement read.

"This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League.

"We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers. We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward.

"It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place. Our scouting & recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process."

Southampton did, however, state that there are circumstances in which the club would accept bids, as was the case with Lambert who asked to join the team he supported in his youth.

"There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on," the statement continued. "Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie's move to Liverpool.

"When Rickie Lambert requested to leave for Liverpool, the club felt it could not stand in the way of having him fulfil his boyhood dream of playing at home.

"It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now but also for many years to come."