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Saints trio won't be leaving in summer - Reed.

EXECUTIVE director Les Reed has fired a shot across the bows of those hoping to lure away Southampton's top talent, warning potential suitors that the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and manager Mauricio Pochettino are staying put Saints are all but certain to secure a comfortable top-10 finish at the end of a season in which their style and focus on home-grown talent has attracted many plaudits.

That, though, has brought with it admiring glances from afar and manager Pochettino's burgeoning reputation has seen him installed as the bookmakers' favourite to become Tottenham's next manager.

The likes of Lallana, Calum Chambers and Shaw (pictured) have also been linked with a move away this summer, with a report this week claiming the latter is on the verge of a move to Manchester United. That speculation appeared to be the final straw for Reed, who took the unusual step of making a statement before Pochettino's standard press conference previewing Saturday's match with Everton.

The executive director did not take any questions, preferring instead to give a five-minute statement in order to give an "accurate picture of where we stand at the moment" due to the unrelenting speculation.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2014
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