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21 Jul 2018 12:33:53
I've heard Aspas of Celto Vigo is being tipped to come to the saints think this would be a great option for us.

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21 Jul 2018 15:00:39
Now that Everton have signed richarlison (pants pulled down! Lol) I'd really like to see us go for lookman.

22 Jul 2018 22:21:07
Agree on both of these. Although I've not seen any mention of Aspas, and it seems really unlikely we'd be able to get him.

19 Jul 2018 17:26:53
I have a friend who is part of the scouting team at Wolves (which according to him has been made fairly redundant now) and I asked him if Wolves were looking at Danny Welbeck now that Arsenal are looking to shift him on. He said he hadn't heard anything for them, but apparently he heard that Southampton are looking at him, though could be priced out of a move.

This is more or less third hand information but thought I'd pass it on in case it turns out to have any substance. Don't know if the ed's here could expand on it at all?

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19 Jul 2018 19:01:01
Thanks for the info mate and for being up front about potential flaws in the source! Wish more people did that instead of pretending they're Les Reed's best friend lol.

19 Jul 2018 20:05:06
I'd take him, but only at a VERY reasonable price.

19 Jul 2018 22:55:17
I wouldn’t take him the guy couldn’t hit a cows a** with a banjo.

20 Jul 2018 13:41:40
I'm quietly hoping we don't sign another striker and give Same Gallagher a proper go. I think he could be a great striker if given the time, he's already proven himself a goalscorer in the Championship and between him and Austin I can see us getting goals.

20 Jul 2018 16:57:56
Yeah I would like to see the same thing sham. however I do also think it would be nice to see Gabbi have a good season as well. Between those three we could see a few goals. Still hoping for Long to go though. Just hope Gabbi gets decent service and that Austin stays fit. Have to admit I don't really know much a bout Gallagher though apart from the fact that he's big and can finish quite well. Be glad as for more enlightenment as to the man.

20 Jul 2018 19:37:20
I disagree with the long out views. I think he was great for us down the left wing. He creates so many problems for defences with his pace, pulling away playwrs allowing a striker to slot home. I don't see him as a goal scorer but that of a problem on the pitch for defenses.

23 Jul 2018 10:35:32
Yeah brilliant at creating problems and running round like a headless chicken, but his finishing is poor and also seems to create problems for us a well.

23 Jul 2018 14:30:36
Gallagher is big and he is a strong player, but his height kind of makes him a misleading player. He is absolutely not a big target man type. He is quicker than he looks and it's his tenacity, stamina and persistence that really do it for him, alongside good movement and awareness. He's more like a traditional poacher with the added height.

He's been a fairly regular goalscorer in the champ with teams that weren't great. Give him some good service and I think he's exactly what we're looking for; a Charlie Austin-type whose legs don't fall off every 20 minutes.

No sense in not trying it as it's not like we have to sign him to find out. Keep hearing that we're going to sell him but I think that's something we'd regret if he goes to a team who can get the ball in to him. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be angry if we sold him and replaced him with someone 'better', I just think right now it's a case of the grass always being greener kind of thing, which is not the Southampton way at all.

25 Jul 2018 06:16:29
6 goals isn't a "regular goalscorer" record. But to be fair that was with birmingham. Scored sweet fa with the dons although he reached double figures with blackburn, just barely. 11 goals is his most prolific record a season and he's reaching an age where I feel he shouldn't be considered a hot prospect anymore. I like the kid but I'm not sure he's going to the player fans want him to be. I'd love to be proven wrong though.

18 Jul 2018 16:23:14
Hi Ed's, do you think we might sign Danny Ings despite it recently being said that saints aren't interested?

{Ed001's Note - not unless the price drops.}

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19 Jul 2018 07:11:34
Agree with that to be fair. Think Ings would be a good signing, but if the rumoured £20m asking price is right then that seems like a hell of a lot for someone that injury prone, and who has barely played in 2 years.

19 Jul 2018 10:27:41
Really think we should be looking at Gameiro from athletico he’s dropped behind griezman and now costa so will be desperate for game time but most importantly he knows where the goal is.

19 Jul 2018 20:07:46
I think. he's too similar to what we have (gabbiadini) and way too lightweight for the prem. We need a focal point for our attack. We've got a poacher (austin) we've got someone who can run in behind or off the wing given the right service (gabbi) we've got a defensive forward that will run the channels and press high and do the dirty work (long) we need a target man. We've got Gallagher but I don't think he's ready yet.
Eds do you know of anyone we've shown an interest in that fits that description?

16 Jul 2018 23:55:51
Jose Fonte now a free agent. Useful squad player or over the hill/ don't need? Can see it from both sides myself.

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17 Jul 2018 04:41:11
Hi 91 we robbed west ham when we got £8m for him from them so let him retire gracefully, the world cup showed his football career is over
Regards vs.

17 Jul 2018 16:49:39
Yeah I agree with VS. Seems like we'd be signing him for the sake of nostalgia rather than because we think he'll help move us forward.

He left in an ugly way as well, I say leave that chapter closed.

17 Jul 2018 20:58:29
Fonte has got 1 maybe 2 seasons at best so no it's not the southampton way.

18 Jul 2018 09:24:12
I don't even think he's got that to be honest pony.

19 Jul 2018 07:11:57
He had 1-2 years left 3 years ago.

16 Jul 2018 22:23:21
The daily echo and adam blackmore have claimed the links for danny ings are completely false and saints have no interest in him at this time. we are clearly in need of a new striker, and will carillo gone someone must be on their way. But who?

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15 Jul 2018 07:55:05
According to today's news we have made official bid to sign Danny Ings! 💪💪💪 Any truth in this, Eds?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know about any bid, but they very rarely happen these days so you can ignore the term really. Certainly Saints are amongst a number of clubs who have enquired and been given a number if they want to sign him. No idea or interest in talking finances or what the numbers are, but I was told Southampton are one of a number who have not been put off by the amount and it will be down to Danny himself to choose between the teams interested. He would have, out of choice, preferred to stay in the north-west, but that looks unlikely, with Bournemouth and Soton two of the main interested parties, but I wouldn't rule out a return to Burnley because of their location. They also have European football and Sean Dyche to make up for their lower wages. There is also Newcastle and Fulham to consider.}

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15 Jul 2018 09:31:40
Thanks, Ed!

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

15 Jul 2018 09:49:43
Why would he want to stay in north west? His family are from Winchester he has friends in Southampton he is a Southerner so why do you think he is so enamoured with the North West? He will go where they pay him the best money.
Mike southampton.

{Ed001's Note - because he has lived and settled down there over the last few years playing for Burnley and Liverpool I presume. How on earth would I know why he prefers the area? If it was all about money to him, he could have gone for a lot more money than Liverpool's offer. The lad is happy with what he has monetarily, it is about his career and personal happiness for him. He joined Liverpool to achieve a dream, and now it has not worked out, he just wants to go and play footie. It is not about who pays him the most, it is about first team football or he would be staying put and earning double the salary at Liverpool that he would get at any of the teams interested in him. Perhaps you should not make judgements on people you clearly do not know at all.}

15 Jul 2018 15:15:18
DIngs is from the southampton local area, supported Southampton as a boy, and probably (probably) therefore still supports Southampton now. He’ll sign.


Also, I’m pretty happy with the other signings made so far this summer - Angus Gunn (tick), Jannik Vestergaard, Stuart Armstrong, (this is will be a challenege for both predictive text and spell-check. ) Mohamed Elyounoussi - all good quality, could prove to be good value for money signings and longer term as well as there here and now. Looking good for the new season ahead. To be lucky enough to sign Danny Ings to that would really top it off. Positive

Also, finally while I’m here and talking football - I’ve got to say a big congratulations to Gareth Southgate and his England squad. National pride restored, and has actively connected us all with the Three Lions again

It’s Home

All the best everyone

Saint Etienne.

15 Jul 2018 18:32:48
Lallana was/ is supposedly an Everton fan, grew up around the south coast and still wanted to go to liverpoo. Plenty of players have played for rivals of who they supposedly support.

This country's not very big, it takes a relatively small amount of time to get from one end of the country to the other, I highly doubt proximity to family/ friends plays a part in where a player chooses to play

This logic of "oh they're from such and such a place, they support such and such a team, they'll go there" is silly.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love for Ings to sign, but he's going to go where he gets the most of what's important to him, whether that's game time, money, Euro football, sentimentality, whatever.

{Ed001's Note - it is game time he is after.}

16 Jul 2018 10:03:01
Adam Blackmore has tweeted saying just whispers and no truth behind Saints and Ings.

Not a great signing anyway if it was to be true.

14 Jul 2018 12:26:36
Hi Ed's, thanks for your previous information it was brilliant. I have a question about Paco Alcacer.

I presume he is Southampton's preferred striker option as they have tracked him for some time. Are Barcelona still trying to offload him? I presume he would prefer to fight for a place at Barcelona than move? If he was to move would Southampton be a good option for him or does he have better options on the table? I would love this to happen as I think he is exactly what we need.

Obviously saints need to offload before we buy anyone else but is Danny Ings a more realistic option for Southampton I'm also a fan of his but am curious is Southampton are waiting to see what's happening with Alcacer baring in mind Ings injury record as we already have Austin.

{Ed002's Note - Paco Alcacer is available and Barcelona would like to get around €30M for him. There are interested sides, including Southampton, but the player will need persuading that any move is right for him. Ings is cheaper but will decide carefully where to head.}

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13 Jul 2018 19:01:04
Ed, do you know whether there's any interest from us in Iago Falque from Torino? Know he was with us briefly for a loan spell few years back. Has developed into a good little player with a good goals/ assists record. Feel like we need another first team quality winger/ cam. Cheers in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I don't know Tom. Certainl;y Leicester has an interest.}

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13 Jul 2018 14:30:34
Some impressive signings so far. let's hope we can get rid of some of the dead wood and that we still have on our books (boufal anyone? )

Looks like we will miss out on shaquiri as he's going to Liverpool (strange signing for them)

I still think we need some real creativity (No.10 or tricky right winger) and a proper striker.

Ed have you any new info on these positions other than what you've already posted? Also is there any update on Marlon Santos? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing new.}

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13 Jul 2018 15:50:09
No worries. Cheers.

13 Jul 2018 15:57:43
Liverpool probably only trying to buy him because they don't want us to get him.

13 Jul 2018 16:16:53
Very impressive so far have to say! But we'd still need another CB (Santos? ), a proven striker (Ings? ) and a creative no 10). If we could fill those, it has to be the best transfer window ever!

And still need to sell/ loan out Boufal, Forster, at least one CB (Yoshida/ Stephens? ) and one striker (Long? )

13 Jul 2018 17:39:12
@teejaysaint they're just cutting out the middleman.

13 Jul 2018 18:15:56
@ SaintySaintSaint He'll only be warming their bench if he goes there anyway.

14 Jul 2018 10:17:53
Jarkko, don't really get the logic of us signing another CB only to then loan out Stephens or Yosh?

Agree we still need someone who can unlock a defence, either as a 10 or a winger.

14 Jul 2018 19:09:49
Look at Ed002's message from 4th July. He clearly said that 2 CBs are on the radar. And to me thats! ogical. We used to have strong stopper pair, Fonte/ Alderweireld then Fonte/ VVD. We didn't replace Fonte or VVD until Vestergaard signed. To me, Hoedt is at the moment far away from PL standard as is Bednarek and Stephens. Yoshida decent backup, but not a regular starter. So, I pretty much share the opinion that two strong CBs this summer is needed. Then we need to offload some CB quantity.

12 Jul 2018 08:08:35
Vesterguaard . Has he signed or hasn't he?

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12 Jul 2018 09:53:11
If it’s not on the official website then he hasn’t signed YET.

12 Jul 2018 14:37:28
Apparently it's down to paperwork issues in Germany from BMG side.

12 Jul 2018 15:35:21
Had his medical yesterday but with the England match and all the club probably decided to wait.

Gunn signed and had his publicity stuff done the day before he was announced, in fact he posted it on his own Twitter before the club and was being shown around the city when it was announced. So no official announcement doesn’t = hasn’t signed.

13 Jul 2018 11:53:47
Yep signed!

13 Jul 2018 12:26:19
Signed. Official.


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