Man Utd approach angered Saints over director of football Wilcox

Manchester United have approached Southampton about hiring their director of football Jason Wilcox. 

United want to make him their technical director as part of the new recruitment team - and an offer equivalent to a year of his salary has been made.

United believe this meets a buyout clause in his contract - but Southampton are disputing the existence of the clause and are understood to be annoyed at the manner and timing of United's approach.

Saints are angered that Wilcox has been unsettled with eight games left as they chase promotion from the Championship, and value him at substantially more in compensation, despite only being at the club for nine months.

United, on the other hand, believe they have been respectful and followed correct processes throughout their pursuit so far, and that it is unrealistic for Southampton to expect a higher sum.