Tottenham target Danny Ings is reluctant to commit to a new Southampton contract amid Ralph Hasenhuttl quit fears, Football Insider understands.
The in-form forward, 28, has been offered a new and improved Saints contract but has stalled on signing it.
This has opened the door to Ings’ many suitors, with Spurs among the top clubs with a “concrete” interest this month and going into the summer window.
A Southampton source has told Football Insider that Ings is hesitating on penning extended terms partly due to long-term uncertainty over Hasenhuttl.
The former Liverpool and Burnley has played the best football of his career under the Saints boss and that relationship could hold the key to his future.
Hasenhuttl signed a new four-year contract last June that runs until 2024.
But the Austrian, 53, has a growing list of admirers among Europe’s elite on the back of his transformation of Southampton and that places his future at the club into doubt.
He has been touted as being on Chelsea’s five-man shortlist to replace under-fire Frank Lampard.
Football Insider has been told that the west London club’s interest is genuine and Southampton fear approaches for their manager.
Ex-Liverpool and Burnley man Ings has scored seven goals and supplied three assists in 13 Premier League matches this season following his goal-laden 2019-20 campaign.
In total, he has netted 40 goals and contributed nine assists from 81 games for the Saints and his contract has now entered the last 18 months.