Portsmouth chief Peter Storrie insists they were never interested in new Southampton signing Morgan Schneiderlin.

The France under-19 skipper had claimed he had turned down a move to Fratton Park from Strasbourg. Instead he opted for St Mary's, where he put pen to paper on a four-year deal on Friday.

But Storrie scoffed: "It's absolute rubbish, I have never even heard of him. Are they having a laugh? Is it April 1 or something? We've never been after such a player. To suggest otherwise really is rubbish.

"Why would anyone ever choose Southampton ahead of Portsmouth in the first place, no offence meant. I would certainly know if we had made an approach for him and that is definitely not the case.

"It's all rather amusing, really."