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26 Sep 2016 17:49:27
HATEM BEN ARFA
According to reports in the Daily Mirror, Paris Saint-Germain’s out-of-favour playmaker Hatem Ben Arfa is a target for the South Coast outfit. The 29-year-old only moved to the French capital during the summer, fresh from helping Nice, then managed by Claude Puel, to an unexpected top-four finish in Ligue.

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26 Sep 2016 18:36:36
Can't see it happening unless tadic was likely to leave. Boufal and redmond as well as tadic. I think if we are going to buy in January it needs to be a centre half and possibly a striker if j-rod can't get fit for an extended period.

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26 Sep 2016 22:27:00
we don't do lazy and age is outside of our philosophy considering current options. c'mon, realistic rumors please!

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26 Sep 2016 09:30:50
Ralph Krueger has coached his team to the final, against the odds. This is a serious achievement.

Rumours of him getting offers from the NHL, hopefully we don't lose him as chairman. I think he brings a lot of top level sporting experience to the club, albeit a different sport. But still dealing with top pro's.

Would be interesting to know how many chairmen have his kind of credentials in sport?

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21 Sep 2016 11:10:29
We are being told to prepare for chaos at the ticket office before tonight's game . I purchased my tickets on line on Friday and they told me they had been printed out for collection tonight . It seems that I will have to join the queue with supporters who are purchasing tickets on the night for the game . It is not rocket science to maybe have one window for ticket collection only . Does anybody know from past experience whether this may be the case?

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22 Sep 2016 08:20:59
Hi chris, but late as the game has psssed, but there normally is a collection only office. The office nearest the itchen stand is sales and next one round to northam is collections, then away fans after that.

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22 Sep 2016 08:33:18
Thanks Jim, it was the Echo putting me in a panic stating all this. Once again the Echo being totally out of touch with what goes on at SFC.

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20 Sep 2016 13:27:42
Is it just me or is anyone else wondering what is happening and taking so long for Fonte to sign a new contract? It was said an agreement was mad and it would then be formalized and signed after the transfer window closed?

Eds do you have any idea if and when the contract might be signed? thanks guys.

{Ed001's Note - it is not even a month mate, I wouldn't get too worried yet, finalising small details can take forever sometimes. If talks break down something will come out, and that is when it is time to worry. When it is quiet that means they are fine.}

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20 Sep 2016 15:01:07
OK Ed001 I just you :)

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20 Sep 2016 15:51:20
I meant I trust you :)

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16 Sep 2016 18:31:04
Talksport reporting Keisuke Honda has blown us out in favour of the MLS in January. He's only 30, I'd love to see him here for 18 months, then maybe a move to the players graveyard would make more sense. Why throw away a chance to play in the Prem? I understand the money thing but he's a Japanese hero and we would be the right club for him surely. Maya have a word nipper.

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31 Aug 2016 17:06:28
Although I have generally backed board decisions here, I feel we do need to sign someone at CB as man utd could still gazump us at last minute with no time left. Hope I can write again later with a positive message. 6 hours left.

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31 Aug 2016 17:22:04
Still don't think we will be signing anyone. Normally there are at least snippets of info out there if it was to happen.

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31 Aug 2016 21:11:47
agree, I think we've done all our business this window now.
Pity really, we'll see how we get on.

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31 Aug 2016 21:39:47
We're doomed! Haha not really liking the new manager or tactics yet but will still get behind the team, manager and players and see what he is about.

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01 Sep 2016 08:27:44
Unfortunately we don't look like a team who could win 8-0 again regardless of the opposition. No question we signed some great young players but we desperately needed a striker. We cannot rely on a hard working Shane long who isn't a goal scorer and Austin who is an injury doubt. No need to panic as mid table looks realistic but a striker should have been the priority!

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01 Sep 2016 13:13:11
We didn't 'look' like a team that could beat anyone 8-0 the season we did that either .

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01 Sep 2016 21:02:52
That's true but I would have liked another dimension to our game the diamond I know is new and yes the players are struggling but when is 2.2 and you can see a win chucking on a big striker and crossing for fun would have helped I think.

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31 Aug 2016 16:12:21
What about Haller Ed?

{Ed001's Note - no idea sorry.}

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31 Aug 2016 16:59:48
Not happening - reported in Dutch media (albeit I've only seen this on Twitter so take it with a big bucket of salt) that we've cooled our interest.

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31 Aug 2016 09:34:36
Any chance of any deadline day moves eds?

{Ed001's Note - impossible to say, while it looks to have gone quiet, it really depends on other clubs, regarding players becoming available or them losing players and wanting to replace them with one of yours. I would not rule anything out this summer. There are so many clubs with business left to do. Saints are certainly not a closed shop, as they would still like to add if possible.}

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31 Aug 2016 09:55:36
Do u know if we're looking at sakho on loan Ed? Apparently he's turned down West brom and stoke. I think he'd be a great loan signing.

{Ed001's Note - not heard of any interest from yourselves. Would have thought Fonte staying would mean he is not needed to be honest. Sakho looks to be digging his heels in.}

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31 Aug 2016 11:15:43
Fonte staying is top news but another CB would be good for competition. We've not signed anyone to pressurise our first choice back 5 (realistically, McCarthy and Pied are not going to be usurping Fraser or Cedric) so another decent CB would keep Fonte and VVD competitive. I'd take Sakho, he's a bit rogue mind.

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31 Aug 2016 11:43:14
Studentsaint there are only rumours that Fonte is signing a new contract. I really hope he does but considering the new contract offer was on the table well over a week ago i'm starting to think he may well be off to UTD. Ed001 any news on Fonte and his new contract please?

{Ed001's Note - I was told he had decided to stay and agreed a new contract in principle, to be finalised after the window is shut and everyone has more time. I have heard nothing to suggest otherwise since then.}

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31 Aug 2016 11:58:06
Well that is brilliant news, was starting to get worried again. Thanks for your brilliant informative news as ever Ed001, it is greatly appreciated. can't be said for all though unfortunately.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

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31 Aug 2016 12:41:08
Any chance of Nyom? Seems unneeded at Watford, not a bad backup for Cedric and would allow us to sell Cuco to Everton.

{Ed002's Note - You are clutching at straws.}

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31 Aug 2016 12:45:58
Any news on Sebastien Haller? He would be a quality signing and the perfect to replace Pelle.

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31 Aug 2016 12:41:08
Any chance of Nyom? Seems unneeded at Watford, not a bad backup for Cedric and would allow us to sell Cuco to Everton.

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31 Aug 2016 13:16:06
Apparently Jack Wiltshire tripped over the word "Bournemouth" when talking to his family about clubs interested in loaning him and he will be out for around 4 months.

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31 Aug 2016 13:38:44
Nyom is off to West Brom anyway, he's for sale and we're looking for a backup RB, I put 2+2 and got 5.

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31 Aug 2016 09:16:09
Reports are suggesting just 1 deal to be done today and it looks like it will be back up at RB.

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31 Aug 2016 11:14:19
Really feel like we're short of the mark this year - all the teams around us have improved dramatically this year. Look at stoke and palace's front 6 compared to ours now. Can't believe we won't be bringing in a centre forward to replace Pelle or a strapping CDM to replace big Vic. Romeu has been appalling so far.

Trying to stay positive but fearing we might be in for a bottom half season this time around!

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31 Aug 2016 11:25:00
Oh I wouldn't say that. I'm pleased with the in comings. Boufall and holjberg are good acquisitions. Jay Rod is back and has found the net again. Fonte has surpassed all our expectations and we have a new gaffer. I think we will dip our toe in for another defender, it may not happen but a few enquirers me might materialise into a signing if thingy goes to Everton. I'm happy as long as we don't loan out Jay.

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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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31 Aug 2016 09:25:00
Boufal CAN play as a striker but he isn't an out and out striker. He's very short and wouldn't be first choice as a target man or to hold the ball up. I expect we would likely be playing Austin with long off his shoulder and boufal in a three up front or an AMC (with an arrow going forward) like in champ man. He will be used as a playmaker in midfield I would think. We only have 2 tall target men up front to play with Long, so a new striker like Haller gives us options. Remember we are in 4 major cup competitions this season. Prem, FA, League cup and Europa League.

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31 Aug 2016 09:36:06
Ed in someone has to leave.

{Ed001's Note - why? You sold Pelle and added Boufal. Redmond plays a different position, and was brought in to replace Mane. The squad is still very compact, there is no need to offload anyone.}

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31 Aug 2016 12:10:17
Ed is right, this isn't like last season because now we're playing with 2 strikers up top instead of one. We need more depth, because if Redmond or anyone gets injured and Austin's fitness is as shakey as it has been as of late then who steps in? Gallagher? With European football and the league to contend with we need another top end striker to compliment the others for rotation and fitness.

Sébastien Haller would be my absolute first choice in the department; as for the rest of the squad, I'd like to see Kieran Trippier on loan or maybe Wesley Hoedt of Lazio joining on a permanent to give us assurance of depth with regards to Gardos' injury.

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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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31 Aug 2016 09:19:16
A tenner is cheap!

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01 Sep 2016 15:19:37
Oops missed the million. Still we can forget about him now the transfer window has closed. Hope Forster's arm injury in training is not that bad and will be fit to face Arsenal next game up.

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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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31 Aug 2016 07:21:16
James,

I'm just thinking this could give that 'something different' that causes worry to defences.
Especially in Crouch, his height and his aerial ability is up there among the best around.

I'm not saying this is an answer to our CF issues, but if there was a deal to be done at a 'reasonable' price (god knows what that is these days) I'd take a punt, definitely.

Never harms to have that extra option in the wings to use if we need to try and make something happen.

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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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