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21 Jul 2017 07:21:16
I'd like to know why the he'll Liverpool is apparently such a attractive club to go to they haven't won anything for ages they don't even look like they're going to VVD is a top class Cb and could get into any team in the league so why Liverpool.

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20 Jul 2017 12:23:04
Just replied on one of these "Virgil Van Dyke" needs to leave Saints to have a life sites. hope you will agree that they are becoming boring!

This continual "Chatter" trying to get Southampton to capitulate is woeful. He is contracted to us for the next 5 years, he is our Captain and yes he is excellent.
Saints do not want to sell him, why would we? The trouble with Liverpool fans is that they know "The cost of everything and the value of Nothing" we will hopefully inflict the same results against Liverpool in 2017/18 as we did last year.

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20 Jul 2017 13:02:21
I agree it is getting a bit "old hat", but It seems to be the way football is conducted now a days. We have been in this position more time than I care to remember! I think we all know that at some point over the season VVD is likely to leave. He will be replaced and he probably won't perform to the standard expected of him at his new club. I think what we need to remember is how amazingly well Southampton has been run over the last few seasons. The club as a collective is far stronger than the sum of one player! We will march on regardless!

BTW I'd love to see him stay, but who knows?

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20 Jul 2017 13:44:21
Well said Pete Wesley and Tal_Bain. Also it would be ironic but just if VVD does eventually go to Liverpool only to replace Lovren who must now be feeling the heat!
Loving the comments from the big man about how the manager is awesome and very impressive. Looking forward to the new season now. Hope we get Patrick Roberts in even on loan. Would like a replacement for VCD ready and then we are good to go. No Europe to worry about. Let's get a good start and get up that table and challenge Koeman and Co for a top 6 finish. COYR.

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20 Jul 2017 12:03:48
With 1 quality attacking midfielder/ winger and a first choice cb to b signed we have a very good match day squad if played to their strengths look at chelsea last year didn't sign a lot compared to the year before but look at the difference the new manager and new tactics made to the same players who finished basically mid table.

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20 Jul 2017 10:51:08
Saint 123 if all teams just waited for thier existing players to come good than what your saying is potentially every team everywhere has a world class team?

I get your point on giving the players chance to prove themselves but every now and then you need an injection of fresh dynamic players that add something else and get the team moving again.

What annoys me is the most however is every season why do we never go in for and beat the similar teams to us to a relegated teams stand out player, such as Harry Maquire?

Reckon he's going to be immense for them this year, & yea I know liecster were the 'champions' but other than that one season what were they compared to us?!

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19 Jul 2017 07:53:07
Just been reading the BBC gossip page and seeing the distinct lack of rumours (I know we do everything under the radar) putting it out there for discussion.
Jack Wilshire anyone!
Wages would be the issue, and wonder whether it's the Arsenal training regime that makes him (and everyone else) injury prone.
Other than that, Wilfred Bony to replace Graziano finally.
I'm sure the Ed's will smack me down.

{Ed001's Note - it is more his lifestyle that is the problem. He is extremely unprofessional. Added to that, his touch is awful, which leads to a lot of injuries caused by overstretching to control the ball, win it back or because someone has seen a bad touch and clatters him trying to win the ball. Never will understand what people see in such a terrible player who was barely able to move out of the centre circle last season. Bournemouth looked a much better side without him in the side.}

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19 Jul 2017 08:29:52
Hasn't stopped lukaku going to Man U or Barkley possibly going to tottingham.

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19 Jul 2017 09:56:31
Austin replaced pelle about 6 months before we sold him. same as romeu replaced wanyama 6 months before we sold him to spurs. Bony is pony what's he done for the last 3 years. And ed is right, Bournemouth actually started winning again once wilshere was dropped. He's over rated.

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19 Jul 2017 11:03:39
Fair play Ed001. MS, did Austin really replace Pelle?, because he is, sadly injury prone. Bony, before he went to Citeee, was a menace at Swansea, if we could find that in him worth a look?
Anyway I'm sure the black box will reveal all.

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19 Jul 2017 12:34:40
Yeah he was. Even eds will vouch that's how we lined it up for pelle and wanyama.

We've got gabbiadini and Austin competing, long as back up and Gallagher as the youth option. That's a perfect setup. Austin is injury prone, think his lifestyle has a lot to do with that but we got him very cheap. Maybe if he has a decent season for us we'll try and get a decent fee for him.

We just need to hit the ground running, pellegrini will hopefully sort our pattern of play out and instill a bit more confidence up top.

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19 Jul 2017 15:57:59
I truly hope so Milky, just got a feeling we are going to get more of the same old style of play of last season where trying to stop the opposition scoring seemed more important than us scoring. We need an agressive goal scoring midfielder running at them, that changes the other teams set up tactics and makes them nervous. We may have had a million crosses going in to the box last season but we were totally predictable. That has to change .

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19 Jul 2017 17:18:22
Two completely different managers with puel and pellegrini. Last season was the most boring and slow build up play I'd ever seen from us. Pellegrini will get us back to "the southampton way" of pressing, being more aggressive in our build up and actually tailoring our style/ formation etc for who we're playing. Puel wanted us to keep the ball, keep patient, keep a clean sheet and nick a goal with a 30 pass move. but instead we looked disjointed and the front line probably got Pissed off at making runs but never getting the ball. pellegrini will get us back to a unit and a team that plays together from the back to the front. like pochettino did. Cheer up. Gloomier outlook than droopy!

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19 Jul 2017 18:37:28
Fraser signed extension to his contract he must be les'es and dave Watson s love child wtf 😱😱.

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20 Jul 2017 13:55:50
Having said what you have Milky I hope you're right. However Pellegrino played almost an identical style as CP did whilst at Alaves. Just don't see your high pressing game being very apparent from his managerial career so far, do you have any evidence of this? Have I missed it somewhere along the way?

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18 Jul 2017 23:04:52
Why do saints always leave it till the end of the windows before they buy (if they actually do) instead of getting them in and bedded in so they can hit the ground running when the season starts for a change. We have an opportunity to get some points on on the board with some winnable games so get it done and let's have an actual team this year.

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19 Jul 2017 08:28:45
Whi says we have any more business to do if we keep everyone else this season.

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19 Jul 2017 10:04:12
We've got at least 2 players of decent quality in every position, so unless we sell what's the point in buying?

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19 Jul 2017 13:41:02
That Souey is at it now about breaking the bank for VVD.
It's every high profile ex Liverpool player and pundit wading in trying to wind us up. He thinks just because we got form for selling our best players in the past that we will do so now. They are desperate now as the Keita pursuit looks to be dead in the water and they have no other options. The board look to be taking a stance though fingers crossed.

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19 Jul 2017 17:30:42
Hey milky Saint do you actually think that our squad doesn't need improving did you watch ANY games last season we could have 50 players for each position but if they play like last season god help us. We only finished where we did because the teams below us were even worse than us.

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19 Jul 2017 23:01:06
Exactly. the way we played was down to the manager and the style he wanted. he's gone, we've got a better manager closer to our style. we've got a better squad than we used to have so we should play better and finish higher.

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16 Jul 2017 22:26:17
For everyone who is worried about our lack of movement in the transfer market no need to worry we never broadcast the deals we're going to do we don't do what Liverpool and all that do and feel we have to force players here.

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16 Jul 2017 20:14:58
Mamadou sakho left out of Liverpool side, if Virgil does go which seems highly likely, wouldn't mind him coming the other way . what say you ed?

{Ed025's Note - sounds good to me mate..

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16 Jul 2017 21:25:19
If Van Dijk stays then Jack Stephens should partner him. I would like us to bring in a quality striker, Iheanacho comes into my mind. Him up front with Manolo will be exciting and loads of goals. I would like to see Hesketh getting more opportunities and Gardos going on loan. I think we have a pretty good balanced squad but a striker short. What does everyone think?

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16 Jul 2017 23:06:50
If we kept the first team as stands then iheanacho would be about all we need if anything. If he came then ship out long too and bring big Sam into the mix.

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17 Jul 2017 13:58:14
We need a goal scorer who stays fit!

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18 Jul 2017 22:01:44
To be perfectly blunt gt we need a goal scorer . It seems impossible to be as bad in front of goal as last season. Anybody more or less within reason would be an improvement on what we have a the moment.

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Bournemouth Season Review

16 Jul 2017 16:10:24
{Ed's Note - We have posted a new article entitled, Bournemouth Season Review

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16 Jul 2017 11:00:40
It's all well and good having 4 Saints players in the England U21 squad but is anyone else a little concerned as to where the next batch of talent after Targett, Sims, Stevens etc. Is coming from in a few years? There are no Saints players in the England U20s, U19s or U18s! Perhaps we should be looking there for youngsters?

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16 Jul 2017 12:54:06
doesn't always mean anything though, because all those young players probably won't get a chance at their club in the premier league lower leagues yeah. Premier league no, not enough chances handed out.

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16 Jul 2017 13:36:41
We played a few new ones to the squad against St. Gallen yesterday.

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15 Jul 2017 14:38:20
So MoPe says that Virgil isn't fully fit for full contact training and won't feature today in the friendly, and Virgil subsequently posts that he is pleased to be fully fit and back in full training, plus he plucked a Wayne Gretsky quote out too.

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15 Jul 2017 19:34:01
Being match fit is completely different to being injury free though.

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15 Jul 2017 06:45:49
Let's sign Wesley snjeider on a free!

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15 Jul 2017 09:52:45
Yeah great I think he'll only want 15k a week 🤣🤣🤣.

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15 Jul 2017 19:12:30
Give him 100k a week he won't cost a fee.

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15 Jul 2017 19:34:59
Doesn't matter if they cost money or not, still have a wage budget and still have to comply with FFP rules.

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16 Jul 2017 08:06:14
Sold j-rod, loaned out other players, released a few players. it would work on football manager lol.

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16 Jul 2017 09:56:12
There's no chance of that if saints have any sense. He was a great player, but this league would tear him apart. He'd be injured within the first 2 weeks and cost us 100k per week for months and take up a treatment table. We would have been better off going for John Terry. At least he played in a position we are low on quality.

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13 Jul 2017 15:28:17
Man City have offers accepted for Walker and Mendy, hopefully that means Bertrand is staying.

Would be nice if City enquired about Bertrand but we said we are not selling any stars as Les Reed himself recently stated.

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13 Jul 2017 16:24:45
So you'd like city to come after one of our players and potentially unsettle him just so the club can make a statement that it has already made? Ridiculous.

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14 Jul 2017 12:41:16
Excuse me trudnai! you cannot stop a club coming in / enquiring about any player can you, obviously? what I was saying was if they had come in / enquired about Bertrand and we said he or any of our southampton star's are not for sale then that would be a good thing! Jesus.

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14 Jul 2017 17:04:12
I'd rather clubs stayed away from our players so we don't risk upsetting the player by not letting him move. I have no doubt the board / manager would agree!

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14 Jul 2017 21:50:10
that's like wishing someone better looking with more money would try it on with your girlfriend just in the hope she knocks them back ahaha.

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15 Jul 2017 14:43:21
Id her we were in the market for some goal scorers than be talking about selling.

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13 Jul 2017 10:14:00
So now Danny Murphy has come out and said Liverpool are "close to a deal" for van dijk. getting beyond a joke now. How the hell would he know anyway!?!? I used to like Liverpool. used to be a "2nd team" sort of thing. cannot stand that club now and the way they conduct themselves. Their self righteousness and the fact they think they can do what they want. They nearly got in trouble for tapping up. so now they just get all their ex players to try and unsettle van dijk. I really hope we get back to our old style of play and take some points off those thieving "persons".

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13 Jul 2017 13:11:01
Totaly agree Milky, I think it would be a huge mistake to sell the player even for 70 million. And if the club feels agin they have to sell even though Les Reed has come out in a public Sky interview and said the player is not for sale and we won't be selling any major stars because we have promised the manager and then we sell, well Seriously i'm lost for words.

And to sell to Liverpool, well that would just do it for me. The time is now to take a stand and stand by the words you have spoken Les Reed!

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13 Jul 2017 13:29:25
Getting a horrible feeling here they might be onto something though. Les Reed needs to come out and deal with the rumours again. The rumours are building and VVD started tweeting cryptically. If it's no sale then need to say so again as the unsettling is bad for the team and the fans:Totally agree with the above posts.

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13 Jul 2017 13:58:26
if he wants to go he should have the balls to say so publicly and ask for a move. he will get his loyalty payment back in the first year with the increased wages anyway. if he doesn't want to sell him this window regardless of any offer made. Saints are now at risk of having offers for vvd, Bertrand and tadic in the next week.
As for Liverpool, players of old and that fat micky Quinn (the first walking footballer) do they have a has beens transfer briefing every week to keep them up to speed.

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13 Jul 2017 20:14:15
Look if someone offers 70 mill he will go and I can deal with that. I'd be more upset with Bertrand because I don't think we'd get anywhere near the same figure and he'd be VERY hard to replace. Van dijk is a beast and our best player, but there are replacements out there for a lot less than 70 mill. but whatever happens I don't want him to go to Liverpool.

I've said this a lot but I think he should be going to a superpower like barca. Their defence is their weak link, he'd suit their style of play, and he wouldn't be taking points off us in a season. It would also raise our profile even more! Obviously ideal scenario is we keep Bertrand and vvd, Have a banging season, finish top 6 and hammer liverpoo 4-0 at St. Mary's. think positive it might happen lol.

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14 Jul 2017 12:50:39
I get what your saying but I think VVD should at the very least do another season with us before a massive transfer but certainly not to Liverpool. People will laugh when I say this and i'm not deluded but the club talks about moving forward and taking the next step. There is a dream and there have always been talks / be it a dream of Champions league football one day and we do have to have ambition otherwise what is the point. just look at Leicester. But we simply will not have ambition by selling our best players year in year out and not just selling them, but selling them to our rivals, allowing them to stay above us and reach their own ambitions. Well the time is NOW! Les Reed do not go back on your words of promising the new manager these players will not be sold.

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13 Jul 2017 09:07:19
Hey guys.
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We had about 750 members two years back. So hopefully we can cross a thousand this time.
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