Cork sends message to manager

Last Updated: Tue, 10 Dec 2013 12:58
Southampton

Jack Cork admits he is unsure of his Saints' future amid speculation that Fulham and Reading both want him in January.

The 24-year-old midfielder has been a bit-part player under Maurico Pochettino this season and is likely to attract bids in the January window.

The ex-Chelsea man helped Saints achieve promotion to the top-flight two seasons ago under Nigel Adkins, but the signing of Victor Wanyama has left him on the fringes of the first team at St Mary's.

His latest comments appear to be a message to the manager who he admits does not speak to him much - but will equally attract the attention of Adkins at Reading and Fulham - who tried to sign him in the summer.

Cork told The Echo: "Obviously, I've been thinking about what part I'm going to play in this squad. I haven't played that much, so it's going to cross anyone's head to think 'what use am I going to be in the squad?'

"I'll see what happens in the next couple of weeks and see if he (Pochettino) uses me. I'm always happy to be part of the squad and play whenever I'm trusted."

When asked if Pochettino had said anything to him about his first-team prospects, Cork added: "Nothing much. I haven't really spoken to him much this season."

Reading will be keen to bolster their squad in January after a spate of injuries with Adkins having managed Cork twice before at Saints and Scunthorpe.

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