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Matt Targett is considering his future at Southampton after the Saints blocked a possible permanent move to Fulham, the Daily Mirror reports this lunchtime.

The left-back, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Craven Cottage in the second half of last season, was the subject of a £10m bid from Fulham – who were keen to add him to their squad ahead of their return to the Premier League – but Southampton turned down the offer. The tabloid claims that Targett, who made 21 appearances on loan at Fulham as Slavisa Jokanovic’s side won promotion via the Championship play-offs, wants more first-team football and won’t be content to sit on the bench at St. Mary’s.

Southampton were not willing to consider a permanent departure for Targett whilst leading English clubs are chasing their England international and first choice left back Ryan Bertrand. Saints boss Mark Hughes also now considers Target, who has made 42 senior appearances for Southampton, as a member of his first-team squad and that knowledge was behind Fulham’s big bid for the 22 year-old defender. It is thought that Fulham have moved on to other possible acquisitions having seen their offer for Targett turned down.