Date: 2nd January 2016 at 11:19am
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Manager Ronald Koeman has said that the recovery times associated with Jay Rodriguez and Graziano Pelle will dictate whether he moves for a striker this month.

With the January transfer window open this weekend, Koeman was addressing the press in his pre Norwich City interviews, and obviously the subject of transfers and potential deals came up.

Speaking to saintsfc with Pelle out since Christmas with a knee injury and JRod once again being a long term absence and having undergone surgery on a foot problem last month, Koeman said he was hopeful that whilst both were obviously missing for Norwich, that they would be back shortly.

‘At the moment, no. Like I mentioned before: if we need to sign a player, it needs to be a striker. But that also depends on the situation of Jay and what will happen with Graziano. It’s too early to make conclusions about that. We still have to wait to see how they recover and how long it takes, and then we’ll make a decision about what we have to do.’

The wider press also have Koeman saying that efforts will be made to get Victor Wanyama tied down to a new extended deal but he hasn’t yet spoken to the player about a new deal because of how long his existing contract has to run – 18 months.

‘There are some players on the list when I spoke to Les Reed that the club is trying to talk to that kind of player about contracts, longer stay, and Victor is one of them. I know because we had that problem at the beginning of the season that players have also ambitions to play on a higher level. It`s all about if there is really interest in the player and the player gets really interest and he likes to move. I don`t know. We have to wait about it. I think it`s still too early to talk to the player because he still has a contract after this season. Ok, we will see what happens on the end of the season. It`s too early now to talk about the situation.’

Koeman added.

‘It`s always important for players if players see the club is growing, the team is growing, the team is fighting for European football, that`s always a difference of football players to stay or not to stay. Finally we know our situation, we know our position, and still there is a difference between Southampton and the big clubs in the Premier League.’

With Gaston Ramirez into the final six months of his deal and already talk of a January departure, Koeman explained.

‘That depends on if there is any interest for Gaston. We will then speak with the board and with the player. If not then he will finish his contract.’

The gaffer was also asked about his own future in his pre Norwich press conference, and the Daily Echo have him saying it’s not quite an ‘elephant in the room’ but obviously it comes down to ambition.

‘Of course. It`s all about ambition and we will speak about it. Still I think it`s too early for that. We have to focus on the football side but of course my future in the club is depending the future what the club can do and what the club likes to go forward. It`s all about ambition because I hate to stay in a situation there is no ambition. Until now, today, the club is showing that ambition and if it continues like that and the club continue like that, and the possibility is to grow and to spend, then of course it will have a big influence in my decision to stay or not to stay.’

With talk previously about ambition, spending and the annual mini exodus of players who wanted to move on, he went on to add.

‘What I mentioned the club is doing everything what we can. That`s about maybe for next season and to grow and to bring better players in and still more competition and to grow as a team. Also in different parts of the club the club is growing. There is much more people in the club working and that needs time. It`s not for today and tomorrow. It needs time in five or six years, but of course they need to show that ambition and that`s what I mentioned before that will be a big influence on the decision.’

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