Southampton manager Ronald Koeman insists Toby Alderweireld wants to remain at the south coast club, despite interest from both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea.
Alderweireld, 24, excelled on loan at St Mary's last season and has made it clear he would prefer to remain in the Premier League rather than return to parent club Atletico Madrid.
His impressive debut campaign on these shores has attracted other parties, with the Mirror suggesting Tottenham are now confident of wrapping up a deal for the Belgium international.
The Times, meanwhile, suggests Chelsea will try to coax Atletico into a deal by offering Filipe Luis as a makeweight, after the full-back left the Vicente Calderon to sign for the Blues last summer.
Offers from Chelsea and Tottenham could prove to be decisive with Koeman admitting Southampton are struggling to find a resolution in their own negotiations with the Spanish side.
"The player would like to stay, we would like to keep the player but it is a little difficult at the moment with Atletico Madrid," Koeman told Southampton's official YouTube channel.
"I am hopeful that he will stay at Southampton."
Alderweireld has previously hinted he would also be open to the possibility of a move to White Hart Lane where he would be reunited with Belgium teammate Jan Vertonghen.
"It would be very nice to play again with Jan," Alderweired told Belgian outlet HLN in March. "The interest has yet to be concrete and finally Atletico must let me go. Maybe they want me back in Madrid. I have to wait for the calls after the season.
"Atletico Madrid will largely decide what I will do. But that such clubs are interested only indicates that I am doing well. For now, I only try to focus as much as possible on Southampton. I am very happy in the Premier League, which really suits me."