Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is relieved the Saints have done the bulk of their transfer business prior to deadline day. The 52-year-old Dutchman said the club achieved its top transfer priority with the signing of Charlie Austin and he does not envisage any major deals taking place at St Mary's today (1 February).
Koeman confirmed he might allow some of the younger members of his squad - such as Jack Stephens or Harrison Reed - to leave the club on loan before the window shuts. He did insist, however, that none of his big-name stars will be transferred.
"We did our job with Charlie Austin and I think if you have to do your business today then you are nervous or you don't know what you have to do," he said during a pre-match press conference ahead of the Saints' game against Arsenal on 2 February, according to the BBC. "We might let Jack Stephens or Harrison Reed out to play on loan maybe, that will happen today, but not any other big business."
Koeman rubbished speculation linking Southampton star Graziano Pelle with a move to Serie A. "I mentioned several times, nobody will leave the club in January," he said.
The Dutchman also addressed rumours linking Southampton with a last-minute bid for CSKA Moscow forward Ahmed Musa, claiming the club has never actively pursued the sought-after forward. "I know the player, but he was and is not on our list," the Southampton manager shared.
Koenman commented that his Saints squad are well-rested and looking forward to their potentially testing fixture against Arsenal at the Emirates. However, having beaten the Gunners earlier in the season, he said their opponents are unlikely to take anything for granted. "They know it's difficult to beat Southampton," he added.