Southampton's Jack Cork needs to decide his future - Ronald Koeman

Jack Cork
Cork also had loan spells with Bournemouth, Scunthorpe, Watford, Coventry and Burnley during his time at Chelsea

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has urged midfielder Jack Cork to make a decision about his future before the January transfer window closes.

The 25-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, but the club have offered him a new deal.

"I spoke to Jack two weeks ago and we hope he will stay with us," Koeman told BBC Radio Solent.

"But we would like to know very soon, so then we know what will happen with Jack for next season."

Impressive defensive record
Southampton have the joint best defensive record of all 92 teams in the top four English leagues
Saints and League Two side Shrewsbury have both conceded just 16 goals in the league this season

Cork, who was on loan with Saints in 2008 before joining them from Chelsea in July 2011, has made more than 150 appearances for the club, the most recent when he made his comeback from an ankle ligament injury in last weekend's 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Meanwhile, Koeman said he expected injured players Victor Wanyama, Toby Alderweireld and Morgan Schneiderlin to be ready to return in the next two weeks.

With the influential trio close to a return to action and Sadio Mane and Maya Yoshida also coming back to St Mary's from international action at the Africa Cup of Nations and Asian Cup respectively in the near future, the Saints boss indicated he is unlikely to pursue any more transfer targets in the January window.

Maya Yoshida
Saints defender Yoshida is away at the Asian Cup with Japan

"It's a little bit difficult because maybe we need somebody now," he said.

"But in two weeks when everybody is back - when Sadio and Yoshida are back and the injured players are back, then we will have enough players.

"We will talk about it, but I don't like to bring in players for two or three games. If the situation we have now was for the rest of the season I'd prefer to bring in somebody, but that's not the case."

Midfielder James Ward-Prowse said the team, who sit third in the Premier League table, have no doubts about their ambitions for the rest of the season.

"We know as a team we're not there by luck or by chance," he told BBC South Today.

"We've worked really hard and there's a real determination to finish in the top four and get the club into Europe."

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