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05 Jun 2018 11:42:19
Southampton are ready to activate Xherdan Shaqiri's £12m release clause
( source :The Mirror ) so?

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05 Jun 2018 12:06:56
I think this would be a good move.

05 Jun 2018 15:00:46
12 mil is nothing these days, despite Saints knack of penny pinching. Worth a shot. He's got better stats than most of our attacking midfielders last season.

05 Jun 2018 16:58:41
I'm not a great fan of him. But if he does come and sorts out our attacking problem I sure won't mind! I could see him linking up with Tadic quite well, and if you look at when he was on form he scored some beautiful goals, and often out of nothing.

05 Jun 2018 18:38:11
Not been a huge fan of the rumours, but in fairness I was thinking it'd be a fee much higher than £12m.

At that price, this is a pretty good piece of business, but I don't think it should stop us pursuing someone else like Promes, Felipe Anderson as mooted.

04 Jun 2018 17:36:38
Getting linked now to felipe Anderson from Lazio would love this to be true! Any truth it this rumour Ed's?

{Ed002's Note - He is being hawked around I doubt that there is any chance he will end up in Southampton I am afraid.}

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05 Jun 2018 11:39:37
Yeh, I have read this aswell, Fingers crossed.

05 Jun 2018 12:56:15
West Ham has supposedly had a 38m (in euro) bid rejected. So I doubt we'll be able to capture him if Lazio want more than that.

31 May 2018 23:21:49
I seriously hope we don't go for Shaqiri. Feel like it would be a waste of money. Great player on his day, but he's too injury prone and is too similar to Boufal and Redmond in that they aren't productive enough, or consistent.

Promes would be the best signing we could hope to make imo. Pacey winger with goals in his game that would help take the pressure off the strikers.

Sisto would be next best as we massively lack creativity going forward. Feel like he would bring the best out of Gabbiadini again as his movement is great, just needs the service!

Also not seen him linked with us, but I think Zouma would be a great singing if we could make it happen. Not sure if he'd come to us or see Chelsea letting him go permanently. He would give us some sorely needed pace, aggression and physicality at the back, giving Hoedt more protection so he can play the passes. We've also been poor from both defending and attacking set pieces. Reckon Zouma would greatly help us in that area.

A back up right back for Cedric is definitely needed. And the keeper situation is a difficult one for me. McCarthy our best player by a mile last season but can he keep that kind of form going? Forstser's not good enough for first choice.


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01 Jun 2018 07:40:29
I have just heard that they are letting our Cedric backup, Jeremy Pied, leave when his contract runs out, which is soon. This is a bit of a shame as he has gone under the radar quite a bit and he actually performed really well for us.

01 Jun 2018 09:36:43
I don't think Shaqiri is the answer to all of our problems. He's probably a Tadic 2.0. He's another technically gifted player, but I would question his work ethic. It's cool that the board have appointed Hudges but I don't want him to just buy players from a relegated side that he used to manage in a yard sale.
If I'm being honest I think we'll be in for another underwhelming season - I can't see any signs of appointing fresh players. We needed to try and get some business done before the world cup. At least Promes won't be going to the WC so it's someone we would look to sign. Sisto also has the same qualities as Promes and is younger. However, I think the experience of Promes will make him a better signing if we could pull it off. It is always risky bringing in a player from Russia. A player that I think could be a good swoop is Lallana. I don't think he'll be able to get into the Liverpool squad much longer.
I don't rate Zouma, he had a really bad season with Stoke. I think Jack Stephens is a brilliant young defender. Hoedt also looks good and Bednarek has the potential to be a quality player in a couple of seasons.
Think we should keep McCarthy and have Harry Lewis as a back-up. I think it's harsh to replace someone who had a great end to the season, especially if it was for Hart etc.
Gabbiadini has committed to Saints which is great news, he's a good player who has lost out to a lack of game time and poor rotation from MP.

01 Jun 2018 11:13:35
Not sure why everyone is so anti shaqiri. He played 36 games scored 8 and assisted 7 in a team that only managed 35 goals. He is only 26 so personally I think he would be a good addition and in our price range. I would also happily take shawcross and zouma.

02 Jun 2018 11:07:08
Shaqiri? Undecided whether He would be a good signing, But think its wrong to say that he would be a poor signing just because he was part of a relegated team. The Premier League is so competitive these days, there is always going to be Decent players relegated.

03 Jun 2018 02:50:51
Shaqiri is a very good footballer and is 1 step above any player we have in the creative side of the team. He’d most probably turn us down anyway but I can’t belive the arrogance some saints fans having saying he’s not good enough for us. No wonder we end up with 2nd string. We poorly criticise anyone with undoubted quality because of a bad attitude. (Most good players do something like this as they are frustrated at the lack of quality of some others) Christ you lot would moan about getting MLT because well he’s abit lazy for our side. Absolute joke.

05 Jun 2018 11:48:53
I'm Undecided, because I havn't really seen enough of him, only at the last Euros, where he looked brilliant, but have read about his inconsistent performances, but that could be the team around him? But reading today, We have put a bid in!

31 May 2018 17:41:19
Apparently saints are looking to get Tobias Pachonik from Carpi, Is there ayny truth in this eds?

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02 Jun 2018 11:07:59
I Have seen this Link aswell!

31 May 2018 16:34:10
Eds do you know how's the progress of sam mcqueen's rumoured move to bristol? And will that mean Bertrand is staying or are we looking for another left back?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know sorry. Bertrand has been asked to stay by Hughes.}

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31 May 2018 17:13:39
Thanks for the info ed. If bertrand does stay I hope to see the bertrand under koeman than the one under MP2. Maybe its the tactics but he has to step up and regain his old form. Top 2 best english left back at the time. If we do seel McQueen I hope there's a buyback clause inserted. He's a solid performer, although not as good as targett, who I think is very much capable of making the left back spot his own when bertrand leaves.

01 Jun 2018 14:03:39
Personally I’d move on from Bertrand this summer. I think we need to either start Targett or let him leave at this stage, and while Bertrand is quality his attitude last year was poor.

I’d take Zouma but he doesn’t seem to have developed as he should have. If we want to lay 3 cb’s though then he’d make sense as another option, and one with big potential.

02 Jun 2018 03:18:38
Would take Joe Bryan from Bristol City to replace Bertrand all day long. Unlikely but a swap + £ deal, McQueen for Bryan would be a good bit of business.

02 Jun 2018 11:14:10
Just Food for thought, When interviewed and asked the question, "who was the toughest opponent he has faced in the premier League since he has been here" Bernardo Silva replied "without a doubt, Ryan Betrand, so much so, that I got substituted in the last game of the season"

27 May 2018 05:31:28
James Maddison rumours won't go away it seems. Harrison Reed could persuade his current temporary teammate to St. Mary's rumours. Not sure this has any substance but surely worth a discussion. Thoughts?

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27 May 2018 16:24:21
Great gossip tip there, Vick

Gotta day, I agree. Think this one could have some truth to it. The Harrison Reed connection being a big persuasion, well, that’s assuming Harrison returns to Saints. I am a bit worried, think he’s now 23 and might not get the chance at Southampton so could move and he might even stay at Norwich. But, ever being the optimist, “The Southampton Scholes” (Harrison Reed) will return (along with Targett - great game against Villa, well played young man! ) and Gallagher and could then bring his mate Maddison with him

Ward-Prowse, Harrison and Maddison as the Saints midfield. Sounds like a law firm or estate agents! Anyway. I’m all for it

Sign Maddison now, before Liverpool/ Spurs/ WHam do

I’d love to get Jack Butland (him over Hart, but happily settle for either) just don’t think we’d allow our budget to pay for him

I’d also take a slight risk and get Promes

Oh, one last thing, I’d prefer not to sign Shakira (sic) but wouldn’t dislike it if we did sign the Stoke playmaker

Saint Etienne.

29 May 2018 14:26:19
Personally I would sell ward prowse he don't bring enough to the team, crossing a ball should be minimum requirement in premier league, Harrison reed has been out of first team picture for 2 years that tells its own story, maddison being untested in pl is not what we need at mo imo. We have too many similar cm players atm think we need more creativity going forward,2 cf to rotate with gabby and 2 quality cb to rotate with hoedt and bedarnek I just don't think yoshida and stephens are up to it.

30 May 2018 06:51:06
Sorry mate but I don't think which division a player plays in should discredit his ability. Mahrez came from the lower leagues of France. Schneiderlin and Lallana were championship players once.
And as for creativity, James Maddison has the third highest number of key passes in the whole of Europe, behind only Dmitri Payet and Hakim Ziyech, and more than De Bruyne. Had he had better forwards than the ones at norwich, his assists would easily reach double figures. I'd definitely welcome him and believe he can make the step up.

25 May 2018 22:49:39
So, I’ve read/ heard a couple of separate rumours linking Saints (among a few others) with Joe Hart.

I’d definitely be happy if we signed him. Saying that, Macca had an amazing end to the season as our ‘keeper. As they say “he’s a keeper! ”

Not sure if Hart, or similar big names are likely, I’d like us to show a bit of exciting ambition and get a few established players as well as the rough gems. We have a great bunch of young lads, might just feed them into the side more regular.

Having just heard the Hughes permanent deal announcement, maybe we would get some of his ex players.

Frankly, I have no idea


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26 May 2018 03:30:04
Hart is a liability. Not the sort of player in my opinion that we want at the club. McCarthy was great for us when given the chance and I think forster is still more solid than Hart.

My opinion let's stay away from him.

26 May 2018 03:38:17
Also with links to stoke I would happily take Rutland, shawcross and shaqiri.

A lot don't like shaqiri and call him lazy but I think someone like him paired with tadic would give us plenty of chances.

We should buy alcacer from Barcelona also.

26 May 2018 06:52:24
Play tadic through the center and shaqiri just wide off him and the interplays and one-twos will be magnificent.

27 May 2018 08:36:04
Am hearing Hughes has 30m and that’s it not sure if he also gets player sales hardly going to set the world alight Promes in and a few outs.

28 May 2018 14:42:08
I’d like to think they need to invest properly for one season atleast to try to get back to where we were
Hughes will have his list of new faces as will the club hopefully between them they can get it right.

24 May 2018 23:13:15
So I’ve been thinking ( second try at this comment) from a logical and on lookers point of view.

So I’ll start here, RK has spoken about building the club commercially. And then the news about Mr GAO was thinking about buying another club in Europe to partner ours. And it got me thinking.

Are, our board geniuses? I mean think about it, we a small club like it or not we are. But so were Chelsea and Man City before they were brought out and had money pumped in and admittedly Chelsea are in huge debt! But how can we possibly compete with very best and rich? We can’t. And does it benefit us to keep these players when they want to move to a huge club like Liverpool, United, city or Chelsea? We can’t. So we buy and then sell. To move forward it’s worked for us and we have had some great players and managers. Although last two questionable. But the point I’m making is we should stick to it and enjoy it. These players want to join us because we are a stepping stone. But so were Chelsea and city before the money. Don’t even argue with me on that look into the history of those two clubs before they had money.

So why are the board geniuses? Well think about how the club looks now compared to a few years ago. We have one of the beta training complexes and facilities in the country, one of the best academies. We are expanding our brand in China, America and other countries, More revenue, fans and attention brought to our so called club. Now imagine if our partner club that Mr GAO brought was sold alongside our club? Another Assest for a possible buyer. We are slowly becoming a very attractive prospect for any very wealthy business or Arab that wants to buy a club in the beta league in the world.

But first we need to improve our fan base. Our status on and off he pitch. Then one day we can compete with the elite. But first an owner needs a reason to buy a club. Atm Newcastle and Everton are more interesting prospects but I think this is the general idea with board atm move forward this way and try to attract someone’s who can pump money in? Idk maybe they don’t need palm that but I think GAO has seen an opportunity to build us up develop us and himself and the sell for a profit. I think the plan is to build us in to the most attractive prospect in the league. Although we are a long way off.

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25 May 2018 15:03:24
I think calling them genius's is perhaps a bit far, but we're certainly a well run club, as much as our fanbase is determined to dispute that.

Nice to see someone evaluate these things with a bit of perspective for once!

25 May 2018 15:22:03
An interesting slant on it Corky with pretty sound logic. The whole theory though very nearly disappeared down the toilet until that famous night at the Liberty stadium in Swansea. If that had all gone pear shaped and we were now in the Championship I don’t think the word genius would spring to mind. We got away with it big time and hopefully lessons have been learned .

25 May 2018 22:04:21
Given that when Gao took over, the club was reorganised internally, the board likely looks different now to when it did when we were promoted. On the basis of last season, the answer to your question is no. They are not geniuses.

Its right that in order for a club to grow in size, you must increase the fanbase domestically and globally. The best way to do so is to play good football and compete for things. Then, not only do you get televised more, but it allows interest and support of the team to grow. SFC is not the first club to try to spread its name to other parts of the world but people are likely to shrug and say ‘who? ’ rather than ‘tell me more’. Its folly to think that by simply telling people about the club support will duly follow. People from Southampton support Saints as its their home club and they have an affinity with it. People from other countries will want to find a team they can watch fairly regularly and that competes for domestic titles and wins more than it loses. Without the affinity, they’re more likely to lose interest and follow a team that does. Why wouldn’t they?

I’ve not read anywhere that Gao intends to buy a feeder club in Europe. I understand he’s looking to invest in Chinese football. RK spoke of a feeder team relationship in Europe as we had one previously, but even if Gao was to buy one, I’m not sure that in itself makes us a more appealing purchase. Its twice the number of football clubs and twice the number of headaches.

People seem to think that investors can make loads of money from football but that's only the case for the super rich. Look at how Abramovich is struggling at the moment. Mike Ashley? You only make money from one of the elite clubs and SFC is not that. Consider the route Tottenham have taken and that looks like the most viable path for those clubs who are not super rich. If I was looking to invest in a club now, Tottenham would be intriguing because you can see that by injecting a little bit of money, they could probably challenge for titles, progress in the Champions league, reach a global audience. Kerching. When you look at SFC, people will see small club, small fanbase, no global reach, going backwards in the Premier League and at risk of relegation and the financial pitfalls of the same. The experiment of the stepping stone club seems to be failing now after some initial success.

Is the club in a better position now than it was when we were promoted? Yes. Our debts have been reduced, (by people who have now moved on) we’ve largely done well on net transfers and with the increase in TV money in the last two seasons, things are much better. But as a business, the club remains a drain, which is why Katerina Liebherr sold it. Is Gao a genius for trying to make the club a more viable business? No. If he didn’t, he would be a looney throwing good money after bad. Is he looking just to improve it and sell it? Perhaps. But where does that leave us as fans and the football team?

There’s no hint of genius in the points you’ve set out. Its a business strategy and not a novel one. If they were really geniuses the focus would be, in the first instance, on making the football team the best it can possibly be. Then, they would have an enticing product to market to fans and potential investors around the world.

27 May 2018 13:21:03
You've forgotten one small thing these fans in Asia are all fair weather fans and will only support the club if we are in the premier league.

24 May 2018 22:50:26
Okay so I have been doing some reflecting and I guess logical thinking since the end of the season. And this is what I think.

I think we will sign 3 players this summer. Striker, winger and defender. Then sell a few players who are on the fringes or have quality but have fallen out with the he club.
I think Boufal, Carrillo, Long.

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29 May 2018 14:10:41
Players out for me boufal Carrillo long austin ward prowse Davis yoshida stephens. 2 cf needed to rotate with gabby 1 creative mf 1 wide player possibly 2 ch. Another post said I've heard mh has 30 mill to spend, lol how could you possibly know that without knowing how many players are leaving.

24 May 2018 19:14:17
Apparently we are going in for lyon centre back, Mouctar Diakhaby. he is only 21 and he looks very promising. any truth in this eds?

{Ed001's Note - there is certainly interest from Saints, no idea if Lyon are willing to part with him or if he would want the move though.}

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