Southampton boss Ronald Koeman sets Jack Cork deadline

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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has urged Jack Cork to make a decision about his future before the end of the week, amid growing interest from Swansea.

Cork is in the final year of his contract with the south coast club and is yet to enter into talks over extending his stay at St Mary’s.

Reports have emerged this week suggesting that Swansea are keen on taking the 25-year-old to the Liberty Stadium as Garry Monk continues to strengthen.

Monk is hopeful of signing the former Chelsea
midfielder for a reduced price, although the two clubs are yet to settle on a valuation.

Koeman has made it clear that Cork still has a role to play, but has called on his man to make a decision in time to allow the club to find a replacement before the window closes on Monday.

Koeman said: “I spoke to Jack two weeks ago and we hope he will stay with us. But we would like to know very soon, so then we know what will happen with Jack for next season.”

Cork has featured nearly 130 times since joining the Saints in 2011 but has found starting chances hard to come by this term with just five under Koeman.

If Swansea can finalise a deal in the next couple of days it will make Cork their fourth addition of the winter window, as the club reinvests finances brought in from the £28million sale of Wilfried Bony, who is priced at 41.00 to finish as the Premier League’s top scorer.

Monk has already brought in Kyle Naughton from Tottenham for £5million, while also signing youngster Matt Grimes from Exeter and securing a loan deal for Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira.

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