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Southampton waiting for further news on Atletico Madrid defender Alderweireld

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the club is waiting for further news on defender Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian defender spent last season on loan with the Saints and they were interested in activating a clause in his contract allowing them to make the deal permanent for £6.8million.

According to reports, Atletico had the right to reject this, for a fee of £1.5m, but Koeman claims this was not honoured in due time.

The 26-year-old is now set to complete his move to Tottenham and reportedly has already completed his medical.

Koeman said: "What came out in the press, that Southampton signed an option to the player and Atletico Madrid is trying to pay back the option and our knowledge is that it's, and was, too late.

"And what happened with Tottenham in the middle I don't know – seriously, I don't know what happened.

"Les Reed is working on that situation and I will wait for more news about the situation of Toby."

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