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30 Aug 2016 19:30:01
Haller to Southampton is looking likely for a fee around 8 million. Newcastle were close to agreeing a deal however the player himself was stalling for a premier league switch. Deal should be complete by midday tomorrow ✌️.

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30 Aug 2016 22:46:39
Just searched on this guy Haller and was surprised to see the amount of clubs interested, including Everton! . so if we pull this off, that is a definite statement that our reputation is growing.
Come on You Reds!

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30 Aug 2016 23:30:20
Really like the look of this guy, don't think he would be the impact 15+ goals striker everyone says we need for this season. But definate promising star for the future.

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30 Aug 2016 23:59:46
Ed we've just signed boufal who also plays striker something has to give? Any idea's?

{Ed001's Note - in what way?}

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30 Aug 2016 19:16:49
Heard this from a credible source saints trying to do a deal with wba for james mcclean. 4mill being suggested.

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30 Aug 2016 21:02:39
I hope not the Wee lad is a complete waster.

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30 Aug 2016 17:32:29
Sebastian Haller again being rumoured to be joining saints, aa tall young centre forward is much needed and he fits the bill.

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30 Aug 2016 18:42:08
Yeah, read this too.
He has bags of potential and at 22 has a good score to game ratio in the dutch league and France u21's, hopeful, fits in with our recruitment model also.

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30 Aug 2016 19:18:46
More then linked. were in Talks with his agent apparently.

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30 Aug 2016 18:32:13
Spot on Marko. More than a rumour. Fits the criteria of Puel as potentially a young striker who is getting better with age. 22yrs old 6ft 2in and pretty fast in movement. About £10 would secure him.

Come on Les gamble on him! Would be over the moon if brought in. With Boufal now in these two would add an extra dimension to our play.

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30 Aug 2016 12:49:08
What about Schweinsteiger?

{Ed002's Note - Not a chance of it happening.}

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30 Aug 2016 13:55:49
Dear god I hope not! He is just a wage sucker who had his day 2 years ago.

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30 Aug 2016 16:37:40
If we needed CM's he'd be a class addition, rumour about getting Wilshere on loan too, but can't see it.

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30 Aug 2016 19:22:03
Have just read, we have approached Arsenal about wilshere, and they are keen for him to come to us. I am guessing the transfer history between the two of us maybe accounting for something there?

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30 Aug 2016 19:24:00
Would be interesting. If He came and was injury free for a season, would that say something about Arsenal's medical or training practices.

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30 Aug 2016 19:46:00
I personally would love Schweinsteiger to come for a season. I have posted before about the need for experience, You 'Can buy Experience'. Get the picture, 1.0 up against Inter Milan with 10 mins left, You need someone who has seen it, been there and done it. you need to slow the game down. He can do it. and as for wages, He's probably earn't enough not to care and will continue to earn well into his retirement being such a Legend in Germany .

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30 Aug 2016 11:07:27
Hope this is not true but hearing we have approached stoke for Peter Crouch. Also reports in scotland suggest were interested in dundees young defender Josh Lloyd-Mann.

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30 Aug 2016 12:29:43
Unless we are planing on painting the stadium and the council won't let us get scaffolding I can't see any other reason we would want Peter crouch.

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30 Aug 2016 12:56:16
I'd take Crouch all day long!

I know he is 35 but he is tall, wins headers.
Long, Boufal and Redmond could all play off him.
Experienced.
Could play and cause problems in Europe.
I'd also take Rickie Lambert back.
Either/ or.

Type of forward we are looking for if you ask me.
Name a better forward at winning balls in the air and scoring goals at this level with experience.

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30 Aug 2016 13:04:24
Like I said hope its not true. The young lad Lloyd-Mann is highly rated up there tho.

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30 Aug 2016 13:28:53
I hear that he is highly rated, yes.
I think that we need to bring in a CF as a priority and then this young lad for the future :)

I know they have promised one more signing; it has to be a CF
If we get a CF in it will really give us a chance to make a push this season!

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30 Aug 2016 13:54:43
I think there is more chance of Koeman begging to come back here to manage than us signing Peter Crouch . Crouch is 36 in 4 months, you are joking aren't you? Why not SRL at 34 if you are going down that road . Never going to happen.,

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30 Aug 2016 13:55:16
No no no. We need cover in defence. With Fonte and Van Dijk on the pitch against Sunderland we still conceded a goal. I know it was a pen, but we need to shore up at the back. If Jay Rod stays, we will be ok. Granted, not GREAT, but we need cover at the back as a priority over the striker. If we lose Fonte or VD to injury, or God forbid both, we haven't enough strength in reserve.

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30 Aug 2016 14:01:12
Mark, taking crouch or lambert back is daft talk. We are in Europe, we have drawn Inter, we can't take those guys and expect to cause an upset. They don't get picked for their current clubs in the league so why would we want them? Love for both as saints players past, but we need to be realistic .

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30 Aug 2016 14:29:25
Crouch would be for WAG replacement now Pelle has gone!

(Only way to get the media to mention Saints. )

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30 Aug 2016 17:40:58
Sakho on loan would be good. Probably a better shout than mangala but I'd like to see us use the loan market if there are good options to. We need at least one more and certainly in defence.

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29 Aug 2016 15:39:31
Nicolae Stanciu saga finished, he's joining Anderlecht for nearly EUR 8mln, which also happens to be their transfer record.

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29 Aug 2016 17:01:00
Dont think it was ever going to be both him and boufal.

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29 Aug 2016 12:17:34
Saints have confirmed boufall has signed a five year deal. With out back room and physios, this is great news! His injury (apparently) clearly is not a major concern as we will have picked every last detail of it apart to identify any risk! Good signing and a nice long contract. Should keep Liverpool away for a few seasons!

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29 Aug 2016 12:47:07
Great news good statement for our future.

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29 Aug 2016 14:04:14
£16m apparently.

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29 Aug 2016 14:28:59
With add ons. Also a significant sell on fee apparently.

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30 Aug 2016 10:47:46
Hi Eds. Rumour circulating that Arsenal would be open to loan Wilshere to us for the season? Does this have any legs and could it happen?

{Ed002's Note - I know of nothing related to Southampton.}

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30 Aug 2016 12:10:50
Jamesaint is that the same backroom and physio staff that were probably consulted on and confirmed that JayRod would return as fit, strong and quick as before so we should go ahead and offer him a new 4 year contract? .

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30 Aug 2016 12:35:04
Probably ^^ what's your point?

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28 Aug 2016 22:02:32
So reports coming out saying Tadic and Puel have had a fallen out and Claude wanted to place him on the transfer list but the board intervened. Puel's position maybe under threat already apparently.

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28 Aug 2016 22:54:19
How do you think up this ridiculous garbage . Amazing .

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28 Aug 2016 22:57:02
So we spent all summer to secure out manager who has had 3 competitive games . Not great games but still only 3 and we are supposed to believe the board are fed up. I have been reading posts for years without comment and this one got my goat. Saints forever.

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28 Aug 2016 23:31:49
No need to worry someone will always want to manage saints.

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29 Aug 2016 00:04:24
good ol dorset. being dorset.

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29 Aug 2016 05:44:40
Tadic said that he was very impressed after talking with Puel for the first time. Quickly things have changed then. 😈.

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29 Aug 2016 08:39:09
Well done Dorset. Just when I thought you couldn't make yourself look anymore stupid! Probably not even a saints fan.

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29 Aug 2016 05:09:06
I'm simply posting what I read. Not saying it's true, hence why I put according to reports. However I don't think Passionless Puel will last the season.

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29 Aug 2016 09:55:17
What are we doing business 3 poor games into the season? Get the feeling this could be the season that finds us out. Sturbridge on loan? We desperately need a striker it's there for all to see. Charlie Austin on a break on Twitter not sure why he needs a break he didn't exactly put in a shift on Saturday- one of the worst performances I have ever seen.

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29 Aug 2016 10:05:34
Saints 001. There isn't a great deal of that post that makes any sense.

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29 Aug 2016 10:38:28
The points were why are we still doing business so we are going to buy players who are injured or not had a pre season with us so will need time to gel. time we haven't got after the first 3 performances

We are desperate for a striker it's plain to see so why haven't we bought one or Sturridge on loan?

Austin is on Twitter in the sun ona break after Saturday and his chance to shine (not taken) with a start the last thing he needs is a break he needs to either get fit or get match ready cause he was neither.
Hope this clarifies jamesaint.

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29 Aug 2016 10:43:34
He fell out with Ronald Koeman and wanted to leave.
Koeman left, and Tadic signed new deal.

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29 Aug 2016 11:23:36
IMO Saints0001 has a point here.
We are in need of a proven goal scorer, and that they realistically should have been bought in earlier

Hopefully we still will strengthen in this area before the summer transfer window closes.

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29 Aug 2016 11:30:31
The "report" appeared on a site where people can make up their own rumors. Sara Davidson posted it on soccer-rumors. It seems some gullible people will believe anything they read.

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29 Aug 2016 11:41:48
I am with Dorset on this One. The whole body language of the team (and Tadic in particular) has an air of disatisfaction with the set up and style of play we are employing.
I too do not believe Puel will last the season. I have a feeling we will have a new manager by the opening of the january window at the latest.
I am a diehard saints fan but cannot help feeling we are in for a long hard winter.
The board, in my opinion, have made a succesion of inspired decisions but I do not the the Puel is going to prove to One of them. don't get me wrong I am with Saints (and the board) all the way.

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29 Aug 2016 12:26:01
Agree that Austin seemed to be out of sorts Saturday. But I'm confident that his good games will outnumber the bad ones. At the end of the season Puel will still be here- another thing I'm confident about. Apparently Boufal has signed and we are still looking to get another signing in .

Cross fingers that Rodrigues gets more game time and returns to the striker he was before that terrible injury. The reason we are still doing business in reply to Saints0001 is that the board and manager are doing there damnest to strengthen the squad for a busy season ahead. Hopefully Forster will start for England ahead of " pretty boy - I got no dandruff" Hart.

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29 Aug 2016 13:20:13
I obviously want to be proved wrong, but I can't see it. As Abby said I think he will be gone by Jan. I think we need to splash out on a number 9 like Bony who would score 15 plus at a club like ours. Perhaps another midfielder to slot in next to Hojberg as I think Romeu is too hot and cold and Jordy is too lightweight.

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29 Aug 2016 21:08:07
I agree with saintdorset regarding the next signings
We need to buy a proven goal scorer 15 - 20 goal a season to: push on, progress, march on, call it what you want
Also a commanding CDM and decent cover for CD
if VVD and Fonte get injured we've no EPL cover in the current squad

Hopefully there have been targets, enquiries and bids will be in place soon


As for Puel and how long his tenure will last, well that's a guessing game in itself, I have to say that I'm not over enthralled by him so far, but then again when RK started I wasn't (I'm not hard to please honest), he obviously needs time to prove himself.

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29 Aug 2016 22:53:39
Weahgirl1if are business is determined by the "black box" we shouldn't be doing it now unless the black box says that is how it should be done. Any business that buys its staff in any other industry after 10 percent of the year nearly would b a laughing stock. Buy your targets before pre season and train with them in non essential scenarios. Then when the season starts and the pressure is on you know each other.

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29 Aug 2016 23:19:31
Forster for England No 1, then he will be on next years wanted list by top clubs. Liverpool maybe. lol.

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30 Aug 2016 21:29:14
Don't get it. Austin played ok. He is never gone a chase if ball doesn't arrive closer than five yards. He is not Long so we need to play a different ball. Sunderland had 1 shot on target and it was a penalty. We will develop. We will be fine. Wiltshire or Swienstiger will do plus Haller and one surprise will do us well tomorrow and then we can play and start winning games.

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28 Aug 2016 15:14:03
When does boufal have a medical at Southampton?

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28 Aug 2016 17:00:47
Today apparantly. Should be announced soon.

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28 Aug 2016 18:29:50
According to Sky sports it's now tomorrow. Get the feeling he is delaying it waiting for someone else to come in.

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28 Aug 2016 20:09:18
If he's watched us against Sunderland he's probably wise to keep his options open, think we should be looking at a centre forward anyway, we need goalscorers not wingers.

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28 Aug 2016 20:51:50
Failed Medical Today. Will Look For 2nd opinion tomorrow.

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28 Aug 2016 21:41:36
Had one today. Having another tomorrow. No panic.

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29 Aug 2016 11:41:01
Medical wasn't failed. He's recently had an operation on his knee so the medical is a lot more in depth and thorough. It was planned to be taken over 2 days. Today is the second. The deal should be announced tomorrow or later today.

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28 Aug 2016 14:37:03
EDS any Chance of Jason denayer from city?

{Ed001's Note - last I heard he was going to be kept as Pep wanted to have a good look at him in training and use him in cup matches. Whether that has changed now he has had a good look at him in training or not, I haven't heard sorry. Loan might be a possibility though I would think.}

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28 Aug 2016 14:18:52
heard ricardo saponara (CAM,24 years old) of empoli is a target, enjoyed a good season last year since leaving ac milan. Would love this one to be true

Puel said two new players, Boufal and Saponara would seem very positive.

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28 Aug 2016 14:35:35
We need boufal and a striker not another cam.

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28 Aug 2016 14:58:14
oh it really is a shame redmond is considered a striker.

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28 Aug 2016 18:35:31
Yeah I've seen this lad, although I understand he is reluctant to leave Italy and the club would be unwilling to let him go this late in the window as they haven't had much chance and will not have much time to find a replacement of the same sort of quality .

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27 Aug 2016 09:28:27
Whats about stanciu? Its been quiet now.

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27 Aug 2016 01:13:56
Heard something about Malli from Mainz can the EDS shed any light on this rumour?

{Ed002's Note - Mainz had no interest in selling Yunus Malli in January but are aware that Bayern Munich, Spurs, Borussia Dortmund and Galatasaray have all looked at the player. For the summer, Malli is the sort of player who I thought Klopp may have Liverpool scouts look at, particularly given that he knows the player well - but he has not done so. An ex-German international tells me he is getting better and better and would suit the English game. He is also the sort of player that a club like Arsenal may look to if they are planning Central or Attacking Midfield changes but it is Spurs who have continued to show interest in the player in to the new season.}

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27 Aug 2016 09:30:18
Whats about stanciu now? Its been quiet.

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27 Aug 2016 00:43:38
Boufal has medical today travelling to Super SAINTS.

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27 Aug 2016 07:21:04
So it seems! Hope his knee is okay or he won't pass the medical.

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27 Aug 2016 09:28:10
They can still pass him based on the report from lille medical team and agreement of recoup time.

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26 Aug 2016 08:06:59
Apparently we have agree a new contract with Jose Fonte for 2 more years. £75k per week. This is being reported this morning. I'd heard that "talks between him and saints were progressing well" yesterday. Great news!

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26 Aug 2016 08:52:55
See we can keep players :) I think this in it self is a big statement for the club. Manchester UTD come in for Fonte, I honestly 100 percent thought he was gone. At his age coming to the end of his career and having just won the European championship with Portugal I really thought he would be off for a last big pay day but mainly to say he played for UTD, to have it on his CV. So this news is most welcome, superb news.

So the club does have it in them to not sell every bit of talent onto bigger clubs. let's hope we can do this more often going forward, no for some signings of our own before the window shuts please :)

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26 Aug 2016 09:53:31
If this is actually true, Jose Fonte will go down as one of the most important players we have ever had!

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26 Aug 2016 10:11:37
Think even if he had gone to UTD he would / should still have been held in high regard, but yes a legend for the club :)

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26 Aug 2016 10:16:47
Agree great if true inly thing is was he ever going? Or was this another great but if business by his agent with him looking after mourinho as well. Don't begrudge home the money but am sure others will have pay parity in their contracts as well. Either way striker and at least one other by end of business please.

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26 Aug 2016 10:38:02
I couldn't agree more, he would always have been very important and a legend if he had have moved, but THIS takes him from Lambert status to Letissier status. Let's build him a statue and call the stadium St Fonte of St Mary's. If I ever see him again I'm going to lick his face.

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26 Aug 2016 10:57:31
Saint ben basingsoke "At his age, coming to the end of his career" Why would you then want him staying till 34? He is too slow NOW, let alone in 2 years. You seem to have contradicted yourself. Get rid and get someone in as good as VVD.

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26 Aug 2016 11:14:00
LOL he is upthere but Le God status? I don't think so :)

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26 Aug 2016 11:38:23
Larry, Fonte is at least as good as vvd, in fact I would argue better. He is a leader and organised the defence impeccably. Speed isn't necessarily the most important attribute for a commanding CB, I'd argue that he still has it anyway. The whole team jut looks far more confident when he is on the pitch. John Terry is still going strong at his age and being considered for a role in the national team again. 34 isn't old as a CB, maybe as a box to box midfielder who covers upwards of 5 miles in 90 minutes. But even then, Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard would still walk into most premier league teams at their age. Fitness levels are much higher now in these players and 34 is a good age.

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26 Aug 2016 12:49:45
Spot on Jamesaint, Larry lol, WTF! your obviously a deluded pompey or UTD fan. What you have just said is actually funnier than the guy that said robson kanu is better then Charlie Austin. Doughnut :)

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26 Aug 2016 12:52:39
Looking at all 5 of yours posts Larry all you do is slate our players, definitely not a saint! Go elsewhere and moan about your own club!

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26 Aug 2016 18:33:56
another great attribute of Fonte is his positioning.

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26 Aug 2016 23:05:39
If I disagree with any of you peoples comments you always pull the pathetic skate card.
There are number of people on saints forums who have stated quite clearly, including that actual basingstoke bloke, that he is at the end if his career, Basingstoke then says that he is ecstatic that a Saints player at the end of his career has now got a 2 year extension. That is a contradiction in terms of the English Language. Why want a player a player at the end of his career at all. Le God Les has now got Log, Fonte and Davis on long term contracts who are now on the downward slope.
My opinion. Disagree but don't be a complete ****er and call me a skate. I have been a Saints fan since 1960 onwards

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28 Aug 2016 08:31:47
Larry, fair point and I understand what you are saying. But Fonte is NEARING the end of his career and a few years left at the top level, earning big money is what he deserves. I think that what you have understood to mean that he is at the end of his career is simply people saying that this will be his last chance to move to another Lin within the same league and certainly a bigger club. When he is at the next stage, it will be a big step down the league or to somewhere like USA to just entertain the crowds. Also, a 2 year deal isn't a long term deal at all. In actual fact it's a fairly short term deal given that it will only tie him down to the club for 18 months, and that only if we don't decide to let him go. The contract only states (in its simplest terms) that the player will earn a set wage or an agreed wage for a set period of time, either until the contract expired, is replaced by another, the club and player mutually agree to destroy it or he does something that contravenes the contract ie criminal record. Other bits and pieces can be, and very often are, tucked into the contract like performance bonuses, minimum games, sponsorship, buy out clauses, etc etc. But 2 years is not long at all.

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