Jason Puncheon criticises Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese

Jason Puncheon
Puncheon spent much of last season on loan at Millwall and Blackpool

Southampton have told BBC Solent they will deal internally with midfielder Jason Puncheon after he used Twitter to criticise chairman Nicola Cortese.

The winger, 25, has not been involved with the first team since returning from a loan spell at QPR.

"I'm not going anywhere," Puncheon tweetedexternal-link. "Gonna sit and train with the kids for 18 months, see how Cortese likes that, then go on a free.

"The only reason I train with the kids is because of Nicola, not the manager."

Puncheon later accused Cortese of trying to play games, and said he would not speak to him face to face.

His comments may have been made to engineer a move away from St Mary's.

Earlier this month, Puncheon's agent told BBC Sport that Southampton had turned down a "fair" offer from Blackpool, where Puncheon spent the second half of last season on loan.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins admitted at the time it was unlikely Puncheon would play for the club in this campaign.

Under current rules, players can only turn out for two clubs in a season, although they can be registered at three.

"The fact of the matter is, if Jason plays one more game for Southampton he can't play for anybody else this season," Adkins told BBC Radio Solent earlier this month.

"The transfer window is open. If someone wants to come and sign Jason Puncheon then they can."