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07 Aug 2018 17:23:42
I'm reading that Watford have bid £10m this afternoon for James Ward-Prowse.

I'm sure that figure will be re-buffed, but although he's 'one of our own' does he actually have that much influence on our team? Should we negotiate and actually let him go?


1.) 07 Aug 2018 19:01:57
He could quite easily go to wolves for 1st team football cause we have so many players in that position but he is probably one our best set piece takers. Tricky one really 🤔.

2.) 07 Aug 2018 19:47:09
I would let him go for maybe £14 or £15 million if it opened up a place so that we're able to bring in a decent striker but letting fringe players go has a habit of turning round and biting us in the bum re. Jay Rodriguez who could be on his way to Wolves for a lot more than we let him go for.

3.) 07 Aug 2018 20:18:03
Hi guys I agree it's difficult 're jwp yes he has come through as a boy but being honest he has always struck me as lightweight he does deliver an occasional set piece but not consistently enough he is not big enough physically to compete as a central midfielder he like too many of our players doesn't score enough goals 10m is not enough but closer to 15m you would have to really think about that bid. I really like the lad but I cannot really see him develop to the next level and we have an excess of midfielders at this time and we desperately need a top notch forward who can look to score 15+ goals a season. I take on board the decision could come back to bite us but if a decent offer came in I would say take it. Regards vs.

4.) 07 Aug 2018 20:26:25
Jay Rodriguez has done little to justify an increase in transfer fee so that's more down to the market rather than us missing a trick.

JWP remains an enigma to me. I really want him to be good as his set places are so impressive, but he just doesn't seem to have to the speed of thought required to succeed in the premier league as a midfielder at this stage. That may be solved by getting more game time but also, it may never come for him. As it is, he has been given a decent number of opportunities to show something and I just don't think he has it in his locker. For England's sake rather than Saints, I hope I'm wrong.

For me, a sale works well for both parties but £10m is a poultry sum given they have recently sold Richarlison for £50m. They can have Davis for £10m if they want. As you say, £15m would be more tempting if it gives us time to bring in someone with experience to strengthen the team.

5.) 09 Aug 2018 13:50:01
I'm now reading that Burnley have bid £15m for JWP, and it looks close to happening.

I wouldn't bet against JWP going to Burnley and then Danny Ings coming to St. Marys for the same figure. Any thoughts?

(JWP is a midfield generalist, which probably goes against him. He can play in the Centre, but we have better. He can also play in a wing/ attanking role, but again I feel we have better options that would be ahead of him in the starting line up) .



27 Jun 2018 10:48:27
I'm reading this morning (SSNews) that we're close to selling Tadic to Ajax for £18m and purchasing Mohamed Elyounoussi for approximately £16m. I'm sure that there will be fans that disagree, but this is yet another example of the hierarchy at Saints managing the transfer activity of the club in the right way! 4 years service from Tadic, then make a decent profit to finance his long-term replacement - Perfect scenario. I'm confident that with transfer decisions such as these being seen season after season, our club is in good hands for the long-term.


1.) 27 Jun 2018 14:09:25
Mohamed Elyounoussi apparently flying into Southampton either tonight or tomorrow morning for his medical and to complete his move to the club.

2.) 27 Jun 2018 11:18:02
If that scenario happens, Tadic for Elyounoussi, it's a good piece of business. Is this going to happen, Eds?

3.) 27 Jun 2018 15:02:31
I just hope he shows up more often than tadic. I've been a big critic of him, but I appreciate his services and no one can deny his contribution with winning goals against Arsenal, United, and a brace against bournemouth that saved us from relegation. At 29 he's not going to improve a lot and after four seasons we cannot wait any longer for him to find his rhythm. But at around 10mil spent on him I'd say he's far from a flop despite his lack of consistency. He's going to go back to a league where he ran the show some 5 years ago so good luck to him and add to that we made a profit on him. Good business all around, especially if Elyounessi proves he's more consistent and doesn't lack in ability.

4.) 27 Jun 2018 15:03:33
My mistake, its mohamed, not tarik. My bad.

5.) 27 Jun 2018 22:23:36
Definitely wouldn't be fair to call Tadic a flop. He's been a good servant to the club and I wish him well. It's time for him to move on though.

I think he'll do well at Ajax. He'll have more time on the ball in the Eredivisie, which is what he needs. To me, he's just not a player that's well suited to the pace of the premier league. Saw this all last season; too slow, too many touches, and loses the ball or delays a counter. He was fine as a winger in a team that looked to get the ball into Pelle early, but he's not cut out for the CAM role he's been playing the last few years.

Elyonou whatever his name is, seems like the exact right sort of player we need from what I've read. Pace, skill and end product. Hopefully he can be the player we all wanted Boufal to be.

6.) 27 Jun 2018 23:22:37
I heard that Ajax are paying £10M for Tadic.

7.) 28 Jun 2018 09:48:15
I've read varying reports from £15m to £18m, but to be fair - We've had 4 good years of service, and he's now at an age where many clubs could be scared off of spending big; so if it is £10m then i'd be happy with that (remembering that we only paid £10.4m for him originally)

8.) 28 Jun 2018 14:25:34
Market is completely different now though Ben. Sure he's 4 years older, but then I think it's fair to say that the value of a player has pretty much doubled across the board.

I'd say £12-15m is a fair price, so anything above that is great. 18 is what I heard.



14 Jun 2018 12:23:01
Apparently Saints are looking at Sampdoria's Duvan Zapata, who could be available for transfer. Is it just me, ordoes he just look like Agustín Delgado!?


1.) 15 Jun 2018 10:08:03
Didn't West Ham try and sign him before and something went wrong? I can't recall if it was a medical or work permit.

2.) 15 Jun 2018 15:47:16
They did, and he was 22 at the time - The issue then was he didn't have enough International Caps.



06 Apr 2018 08:43:27
So, another huge weekend of football is upon us, and the question is - Can we beat Arsenal away?

I for one would hope that we start the game as we mean to go on, with intensity and courage - looking to win the 50/ 50 balls and closing down like their life depends upon it - against West Ham we looked like a rabbit in the headlights.

If the words of certain players over the last week are to be believed then maybe, just maybe; they'll give there all and show the sort of fight we need.


1.) 07 Apr 2018 03:59:20
Going to the game with hope
My predictive line up
Cedric Stephens Yoshida Bertrand
Davis. Hoijberg
Jwp. Austin. Simms
Oh and Davis captain Bertrand ain’t no captain shows no leadership on the field at all
This side shows a bit more pace up front
longy can chase harass their back 4 all afternoon with Charlie picking up anything left over
Who Evers in the team show some balls and come off the pitch with your head up and show some passion and grit and get stuck in because arsenal for all their beautiful
Play are rubbish at the back
If we can keep in the game with out conceading early we have a chance to nick one
The key for us will be what’s Hughes set up and whether last weeks gun ho attitude stays or he thinks shut up shop
And try to nick it late arsenal have effective players in midfield so keeping them quite and closed down quickly will be our best chance

{Ed0333's Note - isn’t that 12 players? I’d be more than hopeful if I were you.

2.) 07 Apr 2018 20:35:52
We need all the advantage possible 😂.



13 Mar 2018 09:59:39
I have to say I have mixed feelings about the names being banded around to take over Saints as Manager. In essence I think we do need someone short-term to build confidence, implement the right tactics etc to get results - but then long-term a manager with fresh ideas, free-flowing attacking football. Is that possible in ONE individual that's available right now?

Personally i'd love to see Gordon Strachan back until the end of the season - I remember the job he did when replacing Stuart Gray all those years ago, but long-term could he compete with the 'new breed' of managers ala Poch and Pep as far as tactics are concerned?


1.) 14 Mar 2018 07:21:02
Ben I mentioned Gordon Strachan before Christmas just to be shot down with many comments about how old he was ( 60! ) and wherever he had been he failed. He didn’t fail here, we failed him, well actually Rupert Lowe did. He also in my opinion did well with Scotland considering he didn’t really have a shed load of great players to work with and left when he couldn’t take the team any further. What he would give to us is aggressive motivation in the dressing room which is so desperately lacking and probably make them laugh at the same time as putting the fear of god in them. Just don’t see the credentials of Mark Hughes giving us any more inspiration than we had with MP.




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06 Jun 2018 16:44:00
I'm just reading that Leicester have met the release clause for Jonny Evans, supposedly £3.5m which to me seems like an absolute steal for a player of his ability and experience. Can't help but think he could have been an ideal addition to the Saints backline, and for what is this days peanuts in terms of money - Thoughts?


1.) 06 Jun 2018 20:14:03
I'd say its almost impossible we haven't looked at him, but I really doubt we'd get him to come here. Unfortunately after last season, we are a less attractive proposition than the likes of Leicester and Everton, and not just for financial reasons.

2.) 06 Jun 2018 21:14:36
I would imagine his age has counted against him in our thinking- the club aim still being to bring on mid-20's players with a mind to improving them and selling them on. £3.5m now is indeed cheap, but you won't profit. Contrast the 1-2 million you might get moving Evans on again to the Virgil sale and you can understand their logic!

Targets like Gibson and Mawson are strong leaders AND have future potential, so I reckon that is the direction we will be heading. I definitely think this does create the risk of a leadership void at the back again though, as we saw this season- I guess we won't know until they all line up in August.

3.) 06 Jun 2018 22:25:38
Probably 120k a week Ona 4 year contract plus 2-5 million signing on fee, bit rich for saints.

4.) 07 Jun 2018 13:28:26
Decent player but age and wage counting against him.



09 Jan 2018 11:30:13
Does anyone know how the VVD sale was structured? I've read reports today mentioning we've only received £17m upfront.


1.) 09 Jan 2018 18:49:13
Like most transfers, I assume the fee is spread out over a number of years. From memory (I read an article on this a few years back), the fee is often spread out over the length of the initial contract, with deals varying as to whether this is spread evenly or front loaded. From the sound of things, VVD deal was quite 'buyer friendly' (i. e. evenly spread out rather than big initial payments), hence the high total value of 75mil.

I'm not certain of all this though, maybe eds know if this is right?

{Ed001's Note - I don't have a clue, I have little interest in this kind of thing to be honest. None of it will reach you or I, so I fail to see what difference it makes?}

2.) 09 Jan 2018 19:56:53
Maybe if you knew who I was you wouldn't be saying that.

3.) 09 Jan 2018 21:15:54

4.) 09 Jan 2018 21:21:33
Just read we could be going for Kelechi Iheanacho,
Any thoughts on this personally I would be happy with this he definitely knows where the net is
Struggled at Leicester but maybe he just doesn't suit the system he's young enough and has bags of potential.

5.) 09 Jan 2018 22:25:48
Rumoured in the summer. personally think it would be a good signing. also bod I have to ask . erm what? Who are you? Is this your Friday night? Hahahahah.



14 Aug 2017 18:14:55
Not a rumour, but thought i'd mention it. While sitting in a traffic Jam yesterday afternoon in Lyndhurst, a certain Mauricio Pellegrino walked past my car looking in all directions (like he was new to the area and checking out the sights) . Maybe he's living there?


1.) 14 Aug 2017 20:57:11
He was looking for Virgil.

{Ed002's Note - He is in Thunderbird 2. }

2.) 15 Aug 2017 06:46:31
Thunderbirds are go Ed?

{Ed001's Note - F A B.}



11 Aug 2017 13:00:02
Ha Ha! Love the fact that Philippe Coutinho has handed in Transfer Request at Liverpool!

Obviously, if they are to follow they're own advice they MUST let him go to the 'so called' bigger club in order to fulfill his promise!?!? LOL (with Virgil Van Dijk in mind! )


1.) 11 Aug 2017 16:44:35
Kloppcat been at it again by the look of it and it's backfired big style. He will now be under pressure and may walk!
Wonder what VVD thinks now if Pipco goes: could play in our favour as the red men are in a mess. Really looking forward to tomorrow. Come on Saints.



19 Jun 2017 11:08:11
I'd like us to hire a tried/ tested International Manager for the Saints post. As we are now a club departmentalized, and the managers not responsible for signing players etc. I think an excellent tactician, man-manager and motivator would be a great fit for us! - I'm think Chris Coleman, or possibly Jurgen Klinsmann?


1.) 19 Jun 2017 14:26:10
That's an interesting idea, but international football is very different from club football, Klinsmann for example was fired at Bayern after one season and Philip Lahm said that players often set up the strategy before the game, due to his lack of tactical knowledge.

This was a long time ago when he was just starting as a coach, but he's been criticised heavily since. Jimmy Conrad (former US national team player said that he lacked style, rotated the players far too often (he dropped Oliver Kahn for Jens Lehmann with Germany) and is known for blaming his players, directly, in press conferences.
I believe that his successes have come from the talent at his disposal, Lahm and Donovan led his teams; not him.

I do not know as much about Coleman but I do not feel, having watched Wales at the Euros, that he is really what Southampton are in need of.

I like the look of Marcelo Gallardo of River Plate in Argentina.




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09 Aug 2018 13:50:01
I'm now reading that Burnley have bid £15m for JWP, and it looks close to happening.

I wouldn't bet against JWP going to Burnley and then Danny Ings coming to St. Marys for the same figure. Any thoughts?

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28 Jun 2018 09:48:15
I've read varying reports from £15m to £18m, but to be fair - We've had 4 good years of service, and he's now at an age where many clubs could be scared off of spending big; so if it is £10m then i'd be happy with that (remembering that we only paid £10.4m for him originally)




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27 Jun 2018 14:09:25
Mohamed Elyounoussi apparently flying into Southampton either tonight or tomorrow morning for his medical and to complete his move to the club.




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21 Jun 2018 13:06:13
Pete Wesley - Totally agree about Artem Dzyuba, he would be just the Target Man I think we've been crying out for since Lambert/ Pelle left. But I get the feeling the Saints Board will question his age (and therefore limited sell on value) .




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20 Jun 2018 14:29:43
I've always thought he had a good eye for a pass, and if he could keep injury free and have consistency in a Number 10 role, then why not? I suppose it all comes down to the Wages and Signing on fee. No doubting though with consistency he's a £20-£30m player all day long.





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24 Sep 2018 13:06:05
I think our recent success (not in the last 2 years! ) has also become a key reason for our failure. Other teams have cottoned on and now taken the same approach to pluck top talent from around Europe at an early age, which is making it far more difficult to get what I perceive as our top targets.

We see a lot of players 'rumored' to interest Saints, but i'm seeing us signing less and less of them. Are the likes of Clasie, Boufal, Carillo etc simply just the 'best of the rest' from our summer targets?




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09 Aug 2018 10:31:17
I was wondering whether MH would look at Harrison Reed for our Backup RB? He seemed to do a decent job for Norwich last year playing mainly in that role.




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19 Jul 2018 12:21:36
I'd love to see this happen, as he definitely does know where the net is! But I feel it won't and for multiple reasons. He was bought by Athletico for approximately £32m in 2016, and they'll want to recoup a fair amount of that, which means he'll be out of our budget. He;s 31 now, so will represent limited or no sell on fee, which is not in our business model.




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13 Jun 2018 17:19:10
I'm afraid so. I think our success with recent signings in past seasons (ala Mane, Wanyama etc) is that we keep it under the radar. As soon as interest comes out in the media it alerts other clubs of potential availability, and we all know that financially Saints can't compete with the top European teams we're battling with.




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12 Jun 2018 12:31:45
I agree! Either Bas Dost, or Nicolai Jørgensen from Feyenoord who is very much in the Rickie Lambert mould.