With Sofiane Hanni allegedly on his way from Anderlecht to Spartak Moscow, hopes were lifted this could lead to a breakthrough in Quincy Promes to Southampton.
However, according to Sport Express in Russia, the situation remains very much the same, as the Saints are yet to match the €30m release clause in his contract that would force the RPL club to let their star go.
The problem with this is that, as per the Dutch forward’s contract, Promes is promised (awful pun definitely not intended) 15% of his transfer fee, meaning he would get €4.5m of the €30m.
So, in order for everyone to be happy, Southampton would have to pay close to €35m.
Considering that, as things stand, they aren’t willing to go over €27m, a deal has yet to be agreed, and the 26-year-old will, for the time being, remain in Moscow.
Of course, this could change between now and Wednesday evening, but unless Southampton decide to shell out an extra €8m, it’s going to be difficult.