SAINTS aren’t interested in letting Oriol Romeu leave the club this January.

The midfielder hasn’t started a Premier League game since the beginning of November, although he did feature against Huddersfield in the FA Cup, writes Dan Sheldon.

It’s understood by the Daily Echo that Spanish side Celta Vigo have been in contact with Saints over a possible move for the former Chelsea player.

But, as it stands, the St Mary’s outfit doesn’t want to lose a member of their squad that will leave them short in midfield.

Romeu is only an injury to James Ward-Prowse or Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg away from making his return to the starting XI.

There were reports coming from Spain suggesting Celta Vigo are willing to pay £8.5m to secure his services.

Saints’ reasoning not to let Oriol Romeu leave is similar to their refusal to let Che Adams join Leeds on loan.

Adams was the Championship club’s top transfer target this month, but manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had no intention of allowing him to head to Elland Road.

Romeu joined Saints from Chelsea in 2015 and has gone on to make over 125 appearances.