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20 Jul 2017 22:25:41
So Iheanacho is off to Leicester for 25m. This is the quality signing that Saints needed but we are too weak to pull off. Instead we are linked with loan moves for kids or after journeymen nearer 30 than twenty. It would seem our glorious owners decision to sell to a company that has little to no funds and her tax bill possibly due in Germany has strangled our ambition. I live to be proven wrong.

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21 Jul 2017 01:34:10
do loan moves for PL players or players near to 30 fit Southampton FC's business model?

How many of Southampton FC's incoming transfers leak?

if the Lander deal goes through it will be for 80% of the club, it is and will still in KL's best interest to keep the club profitable.

because we haven't made a (very expensive) move for a (vastly overrated) player, that means all the work of the last few years is for nothing and the club are no longer ambitious?

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21 Jul 2017 06:43:23
Lander saying in China (Reuters) that it looks like Katrina may have change her mind about selling for the moment at least.

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20 Jul 2017 21:16:40
Rumours are saying that we are liked with a loan move for patrick roberts. Not to sure about him personally. What does anyone else think?

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21 Jul 2017 08:31:39
Seems like a good signing, although I'd be concerned about just signing him on a loan with no option to buy. Good player though and fits out usual mould of signing.

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20 Jul 2017 18:37:27
Apparently we are going to possibly making a move for Jota from Brentford around 8 million!

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20 Jul 2017 18:10:50
The more I look at it the more I think we are going to be the ones signing ben gibson if the price is right he suits our profile perfectly young (ish) english good personality. But I would ratger stephens kept his placr he was an immense fonte replacement for me last year and if we sign a cb I would like an experienced international not a 1 season wonder like gibson think stephens and vvd could be the perfect pairing. Though we do 100% need a goalscoring midfielder in the mane mould to take people on and open space for others if we're going to push on.

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20 Jul 2017 18:42:48
I was thinking the same re. Gibson - seems like a good fit. Agree on the mane replacement but that's just so hard to find.

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20 Jul 2017 19:21:16
It is hard to find but even just a player who will take people on with the ball maybe redmond will b that player for us he just never seems to pick the right option for me but then again neither did mane in his first season.

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19 Jul 2017 20:35:34
Anyone who thinks the current squad will score goals must be watching a different team to me. We can't score and we desperately need a proven striker. We will struggle this year unless we sign two players capable of scoring.

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19 Jul 2017 23:22:41
No - the whole point is that we will be watching a different team to you. You're talking about last years team. I'm talking about next years team, and saying there is more to scoring more goals than just putting new players out there. Good players are an important component, but so is the system, belief, intensity etc. A new manager could be the difference. It could not. Who knows, but I'm not going to write off a season before it started just because we didn't spend big on a striker.

Also who do you want us to sign? I've heard people say Remy. well I know another striker who scored a lot of goals a few years ago and has been injured since. His name is Charlie Austin, why not give him a second chance instead? Or people say Bony - see above.

Or maybe you want a younger striker who's clearly shown potential but hasn't put it together yet. Well, no need for a 20m risk on Vietto, we have Gabbiadini. You know, the guy you were singing songs about a couple of months ago. Or a pacer winger. Boufal, Redmond, Sims. take your pick.

Or do we need a CM with potential? We have Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg and Clasie. With experience then. Steven Davis.

Just because we don't sign players doesn't mean we aren't looking or we have an incompetent board. It could just mean that the board can't find any affordable players that improve us, and don't want to spend money on players that don't make us better. We have good options and a lot of them clearly have the potential to do more next season. A lot of money has been spent by PL teams, which means by January there'll be a lot of very expensive players sitting on the benches of teams who gave into their fans impatience.

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20 Jul 2017 06:26:18
Thank you 123! Some bloody sense!

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20 Jul 2017 07:57:47
I think we need someone who can unlock a defence Bougainville redmond and tadic are good but they all lack the consistency to make a killer pass.

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20 Jul 2017 09:35:38
Well said 123, but, to caviat that, we do need to spend some money on a quality centre back. I keep seeing rumours linking us with pacey wingers/ strikers with potential and youth, but I agree with you regarding those players and the need to spend given that many of them
are potential expensive gambles. BUT, we do need to start at the back and get someone in who can give the players some confidence in the back four. VVD, if he stays, which is a big if, will continue to be linked with other clubs and will just unsettle the rest of the squad. We need someone who can partner him and step up if and when he does go.

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20 Jul 2017 09:50:11
Saint123 well said. We had for the majority a young team last year who I think will only improve.
We don't need to panic buy. We have good young prospects.
One thing I do trust the board in is there ability to find the right player. So if it's needed I'm sure they will do it.

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20 Jul 2017 10:23:46
We need to find another Mane someone with pace, that can add goals and assists. We need an attacking midfielder who's comfortable playing through the middle too, for me Tadic isn't good enough.

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19 Jul 2017 09:36:24
Looks like chicharito is going to West ham then. shame as I really rate him, but I guess our current strikeforce is the one we will start the season with. Austin, gabbiadini, long and Gallagher. One centre mid, and a pacy winger in the walcott mould and I'd be happy tbh.

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19 Jul 2017 10:14:19
Ok guys I got completely slated last year at pre-season when I said I couldn't see where the goals would come from last year.
(Was I correct? )
We need a proven goal scorer who is not coming back from an injury!

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19 Jul 2017 12:25:32
Gabbiadini and Austin. We've got 4 strikers and probably back to playing 4-2-3-1.

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19 Jul 2017 16:37:16
In fairness it wasn't the strikers but the style of play which was the problem last season we could have had messi up front but if you don't get the ball you can't score, hopefully les has told the new gaffer to be a bit more expansive and try to win rather than don't loose at any cost and have a plan b if you go behind.

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19 Jul 2017 17:23:34
I hope you guys are right but I think unless Austin stays fit we may
have problems up front still as without him we've not got enough strength in the box.

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20 Jul 2017 09:40:11
Saint Mark, with the upmost respect, having messi up front would have got us many more goals! That said, I do take your point. I remember an England game one year and the pundits watching were slating Owen for having a poor game, but wrighty jumped to his defence and said he had a great game, the 2 times he actually GOT the ball! Just because he didn't score doesn't make it a poor game for him, we have hungry and food strikers, but we need to supply them with opportunities that they aren't snapping at. A creative box to box, ball winning CM who is given a bit more of a free role. Davis would be great at that, but Puel didn't give him the role last year, hopefully the new gaffa has an eye on that.

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20 Jul 2017 17:30:26
Standard issue answer. Sort the defence out. You can't lose if you don't concede. If you don't score with a clean sheet, it's still a point in the bag! If you score you win. Simple!

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17 Jul 2017 13:37:56
Thoughts on Loic Remy rumour? do we think it would be a good or bad buy?

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17 Jul 2017 14:03:42
Sorry but injury prone, hasn't really played for a couple of seasons. and just not the Southampton type. Plenty good strikers out there, do Saints want to go that bit extra and pay the fees.

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17 Jul 2017 15:56:44
No no no.

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18 Jul 2017 01:34:33
Was class with Austin up top at QPR.

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16 Jul 2017 09:52:26
Is it just me or is it a bit too quiet on the "transfer in" front at Southampton? The new manager has been in place for long enough now and I feel it's about time we started making some moves, enquiries and offers for players? Is there anyone we are actually interested in at this stage? I appreciate it's a long window, but we've started ore season and could do with any new signings getting in now so they can find their feet in the squad. We need a new CB at the very least! I can accept maybe we won't get a first team 20 goal a season striker as we aren't in Europe and Gallagher is back, but come on saints! Check that black box and get some batteries in it. Any interest in players you know of Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Since the change of manager I have not really been available. I will see if I can find anything out.}

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17 Jul 2017 09:43:04
Agreed. I know that 99% of players that we are linked to is just media hype. However, personally I do worry when other teams challenge us for signings, we almost always lose out and its not to the big big teams but teams in and around us. I know we can't sign everyone but surely 1 or 2.That said most of our signings are under the radar (Mane is a good example) so perhaps I should just chill. I dunno, I guess i'm just not left feeling confident during the transfer window/ s.

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17 Jul 2017 10:51:13
Whilst I don't believe we should be in this position, i. e. having a new manager, let's at least give him a chance to assess the squad and see where he feels it needs to be strengthened, rather than just buy some randoms who may or may not be better than what we have.

Personally, I think by the end of this tour he'll have his wish list into Les and things should move - IF we need anybody.

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17 Jul 2017 12:55:50
I thought Les just told the manager what he was going to get?

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17 Jul 2017 13:25:09
I agree we should give the manager time to assess the squad. just don't want to leave it so late in the window and buy from the scraps that are left - meanwhile all the better players go elsewhere and potentially to rivals. If teams around you strengthen then more often than not you need to strengthen too. unless you have an amazing team already.

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17 Jul 2017 17:16:26
Even if we just pick up a gem or 2. We definitely need a quality CB or even 2, we saw the struggle last year after fonte left in that whilst we have players that can come in and do a job, there isn't adequate cover required to last a whole season in case of injuries or suspension. Added to this, these players are now a year older and let's face it, VVD is more likely to be lining up against us than for us next season. Also I do think we need to find more goals from somewhere and it can't just be gabby that we rely on who, as yet, is unproven in this league. ✒️✒️✒️.

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17 Jul 2017 20:33:12
Jof you obviously have no idea how our club operates.

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18 Jul 2017 11:18:03
Milky, you're right. It's the really short chap who tells Les who then tells the manager!

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18 Jul 2017 12:07:38
Proving my point with your nonsense.

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18 Jul 2017 13:52:42
Surely you accept that Ross Wilson is pretty short for a grown-up?

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14 Jul 2017 16:17:05
Eds any idea what's going on with Chalobah? Seen reports of us linked and some of him signing a 5-year deal with Watford.

Think he'd be a good signing for us and reasonably priced too hopefully with only 1 year left on his deal.

{Ed002's Note - He has moved to Watford S123.}

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14 Jul 2017 17:00:33
Shame, know if we were interested or just rumour?

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15 Jul 2017 15:51:01
Why do you need to know whether we were interested or not? Too late, don't matter, move on guys 😇.

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15 Jul 2017 16:22:27
Just curious.

{Ed002's Note - No. Southampton enquired after two other Chelsea players but not Chalobah. All three have moved on now.}

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15 Jul 2017 18:45:30
Ok thanks for the info Ed (as always)

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13 Jul 2017 15:32:20
2nd Prem club have enquired about Bruno Martins Indi - could it be us?

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14 Jul 2017 12:04:18
It's Palace.

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12 Jul 2017 11:01:43
Celtic sign Ntcham. Could this mean Armstrong is leaving?

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11 Jul 2017 23:32:46
It's great to be linked with Vietto and Munir today! Probablyisn't anything but inthe past few windows we've been linked for a return move for the Ox, as he's in the last year of contract do you reckon this could be possible eds? Also on another note eds, Hesketh and Sims weren't included in the squad to Austria, could this mean their discussing loan moves? Or is this down to injuuries?

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12 Jul 2017 08:42:00
Ox's wages are too high for us. He fits the rest of our transfer policy perfectly though. Young, bags of potential with high resale value. A huge shame as I think a move to us would be perfect for him. Pipe dream though unfortunately.

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12 Jul 2017 14:40:09
BBC radio Solent journo says Vietto news is 'wide of the mark. Could be that he said that so much last season in commentary about our strikers or it could be true.

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11 Jul 2017 20:50:39
Eds any truth in the Vietto rumours?

{Ed002's Note - His representatives have been hawking Vietto around and there is certainly interest from Sampdoria but Sevilla don't see him as good enough to take up the option for a permanent deal. I am not aware of Southampton making any approach but his representatives may have gotten some positive noises from the club and they have been knocked back on another striker so could be interested.}

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11 Jul 2017 20:56:47
Southampton in talks to sign Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto. Scored 10 goals on loan at Sevilla last season. Sampdoria want him too. What's everyone's thoughts on this? Could this be a possibility?

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11 Jul 2017 11:27:20
So we are linked with Munir from Barcelona. From all accounts a decent player that will give us some pace we sorely need. Saints are reported to know want to pay the 14m that will buy him. instead looking to pay 8 to 10m. In this market can we afford to haggle? Just do the business if you really want the player for pitys sake #frustrated.

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11 Jul 2017 15:42:47
Looks like he could be a good acquisition if he adapts to the PL. However I see West Ham and Crystal Palace are monitoring him. I always worry when other clubs are interested in players we have an eye on. Other clubs seem more determined than us to sign players, whereas we tend to look elsewhere as soon as competition comes along.

{Ed002's Note - Schalke, Sevilla and Southampton all have an interest in Munir El Haddadi with Southampton discussing his price with a third party representing Barcelona. Crystal Palace and Everton have asked again about a loan but Barcelona want to sell. The interest of PSG has gone.}

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11 Jul 2017 19:20:00
Hi eds, me again lol

Anymore news on whether Bertrand might stay/ go? For me he's the best left back in the league so I'd obviously like to keep him, but dependant on who has an interest in him and how big a wage they are offering. if he is likely to leave do you think we'd go for kieran gibbs? Seems surplus to requirements at arsenal.

{Ed002's Note - The club want to keep him.}

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