Southampton are not seeking to add Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon to their squad during the January transfer window, according to a West London Sport report this evening.

A Daily Telegraph report last week claimed that the Saints were keen on reinvesting some of the £75m fee Liverpool paid for defender Virgil van Dijk into recruiting the England youth international, with Matt Targett rumoured to be offered as a makeweight in the deal. But Southampton, who travel to Craven Cottage for their FA Cup third round die on Saturday, have apparently distanced themselves from suggestions that they were preparing an offer for Sessegnon.

The Fulham academy graduate, who scored twice as the Whites mounted a fierce second half fightback to overwhelm Ipswich 4-1 at home last night, has a wide array of suitors right across Europe, with Manchester United and Tottenham regularly linked with big-money offers for one of the domestic game’s hottest talents. But Sessegnon, who signed his first professional contract with Fulham in the summer despite several lucrative offers from other clubs, has recently spoken of his commitment to the Championship side and Fulham would demand big money for their prized asset.

The 17 year-old has quickly established himself as one of the first names on Slavisa Jokanovic’s team sheet and has now scored 14 goals in 58 appearances for Fulham, including an incredible hat-trick at Sheffield United in November.