Burton Albion boss Nigel Clough was left frustrated by his club’s failure to land Jake Hesketh from Southampton on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The Saints’ academy graduate spent the first half of the campaign on loan with the League One side and was utilised regularly, making 23 appearances before sustaining a hamstring injury.

Hesketh emerged as an important part of Clough’s plans and, following his return to St Mary’s Stadium at the start of the January transfer window, the manager attempted to sign him on a second temporary spell.

However, as quoted by Derbyshire Live, the Brewers manager revealed that Southampton had changed their financial demands for a loan move involving the playmaker, leading Burton to cool their interest and walk away from the deal frustrated.

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Hesketh went on to secure a switch to League Two side MK Dons until the end of the season, with the midfielder now playing his football in a lower division.

Clough was left irritated by the Saints’ refusal to allow the 22-year-old to re-join the Brewers on identical terms and said:

We said all along that we’d like to keep Jake Hesketh on the same deal. Southampton wanted something different and wanted a bit of money for him, and unfortunately for Jake, he has ended up stepping down to League Two.

I’d have thought that, having had such a good first half of the season in League One, Southampton would’ve wanted him to at least stay at this level.

We just thought the benefit that Southampton and Jake were getting from him being with us wasn’t worth a little bit of finances that Southampton were asking for.

When you think they get £150m in the Premier League, a few quid for a young player isn’t going to make too much difference for them. Jake has done brilliantly, we move onto the next one.

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