Buttner favours Saints switch

Full-back hopes Vitesse will cooperate

Alexander Buttner: Says it would be a massive blow if he could not join Southampton

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Alexander Buttner has revealed that he wants to join Southampton and he expects Vitesse to allow him to make the move.

Buttner has been linked with the likes of Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Werder Bremen, but now looks set to snub interest from those clubs in order to pursue a switch to Southampton.

He visited Saints last week and was so impressed by what he saw that he admits it would be very disappointing if a deal could not be finalised.

The 23-year-old left-back recognises that his future now lies in the hands of Vitesse, but he is hopeful they will listen to Southampton's offer.

"I want to go to Southampton," he told De Telegraaf. "I have to wait for both clubs to reach an agreement, but I count on the co-operation of Vitesse."

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Vitesse are previously reported to have turned down a bid from Fulham in the region of €2million (£1.6m), but Buttner is desperate to experience Premier League football with Southampton.

He is excited by the club's vision for the future and was also captivated by his first trip to St Mary's.

"It would be a massive blow if this won't go through," said Buttner, who is under contract with Vitesse for one more year.

"I have been to Southampton and everything - including the living conditions - are perfect. The club, the stadium, everything, surprised me. Fantastic.

"And Southampton have big ambitions. With the new investor they want the same as Manchester City."