Tottenham Hotspur could be about to reignite their interest in Morgan Schneiderlin after it emerged Andros Townsend would be offered to Southampton as part of the deal.
Spurs' interest had appeared to cool after Saints said neither France midfielder Schneiderlin nor England forward Jay Rodriguez, who had also been linked with a move to north London, were for sale.
But the strong line from Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has not deterred Spurs, who according to the Guardian, are willing to use England winger Townsend as a make-weight in a new bid.
Townsend signed a four-year contract last season but faces being left on the periphery of Mauricio Pochettino's side after picking up an ankle injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.
He has played just half an hour so far this season, in the 1-0 victory over West Ham last week, but was not in Pochettino's 18-man squad for the 4-0 win over QPR at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
His place is said to be under threat by the emergence of Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli, both of whom were written off by some observers last season, and the continued good form of Christian Eriksen.
Schneiderlin has made no secret of his desire to join Pochettino at Spurs and even claimed a gentleman's agreement was in place allowing it.
However, Saints' stance on departures seems to have changed after the sales of Luke Shaw to Manchester United and Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren, all of whom moved to Liverpool in the summer.
They have also sent record signing Dani Osvaldo on loan to Inter Milan following an alleged training ground clash with Jose Fonte last season that left the Portuguese with a back eye.