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10 Jul 2018 21:46:33
So pleased the club are showing intent . We will do well with these new signings. A goal scorer needs to be added soon.

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10 Jul 2018 21:16:27
We have signed Angus Gunn! Great keeper with loads of potential. Hopefully means that Forster is out. Gunn will provide good competition for McCarthy. The transfer window continues to get better!

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10 Jul 2018 12:53:28
Any strikers inbound at all?

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11 Jul 2018 06:50:07
Surely! I think we will fight for Ings (great signing) and maybe Petagna. Quite sure Long will follow Carrillo (loaned/ sold) . I would like to see Gabbi staying.

09 Jul 2018 23:03:09
Any news on the Marlon Santos deal? I saw recently that we were close to signing for 12M euros. Is this a move that might still go ahead with Vestagaard signing or has interest been dropped?

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11 Jul 2018 06:53:01
Claims from Spain that it is a done deal as player wants to join Saints instead of West Ham! This will mean Yoshida/ Stephens/ Bednarek will be sold/ loaned. I think they will give Hoedt another season to prove himself.

11 Jul 2018 11:43:38
Be a shame to see Yosh go. Sure he's made a few mistakes in his time but on the whole he's been a good servant to Saints. I also think he had a pretty good World Cup.

09 Jul 2018 10:22:27
Vestergaard fee agreed £18 million, should be done before the end of the week.

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09 Jul 2018 11:29:08
think he's having his medical today. looks like a decent player. went to the WC for denmark although he didn't play any games.

08 Jul 2018 11:49:25
Is there any news on Shakiri to Southampton?

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08 Jul 2018 13:08:58
Honestly can't see this happening. Even though he played for Hughes at Stoke I'm sure he will get offers from bigger clubs than ours. I still think that we need 3 or 4 more signings to hopefully turn us into a top ten team again.

09 Jul 2018 22:07:32
Ed’s any news on the Shakiri situation? Cheers Sam.

{Ed001's Note - he has been offered around. Not sure he has had the offers he thought he would get.}

10 Jul 2018 20:47:40
Do you think there is a chance he could end up with us? Or are the teams involved still More desirable than ours? Thanks again Ed’s. Sam.

{Ed001's Note - there has not been that much interest from the Prem, but he doesn't seem that keen on Southampton. He thinks he is too good for a team that isn't competing in Europe. Not sure why he thinks so, but there you go.}

11 Jul 2018 22:29:25
Thanks for the info Ed’s, appreciate your time. Sam.

{Ed001's Note - very welcome mate.}

08 Jul 2018 10:18:07
Carillo is gone on Loan for the season.

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07 Jul 2018 17:00:31
Hi Ed's

Anything in the Sturaro links I think we have had a long term interest and with Clasie possibly leaving would we look for another midfielder?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of interest.}

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07 Jul 2018 12:00:18
Ok I feel I need to say that which noone seems to be talking about .

That Alex McCarthy isn't actually that good 🙌. Before anyone goes mental yes I am, like most, grateful he stepped in and helped us a bit when we needed him. However I feel the reason why so many think he's amazing is that we had to endure Forster's antics for so long that easy shots that should have been saved became wonder saves when McCarthy did them simply because he kept them out.

Point being, given a regular run in the team next season were get to see how regular he is, not as bad as Forster can be but not a decent premier league keeper either, just regular. Whether that will be enough or not were see 🤔😋.

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07 Jul 2018 14:43:54
He won't cost us as many points like Fraser did. And are you implying that any other keeper than Forster can make the saves McCarthy made? Guaranteed? Even so, the difference which he brought wasn't solely on the saves he made but also the presence he brings. He gets down better than big FF, he actually comes out for his crosses as well. He deserves his chance to start this season as first choice and the fact that you're already downplaying him before the season even begun is unmerited. I don't even see the point of this post to be honest. He's hardly done anything wrong so far.

07 Jul 2018 19:11:29
Let’s not forget how awesome Forster was when he joined us. He had a career threatening injury in his first season which obviously adversely affected him in his confidence and decision making. Let’s hope a loan move will give him a spring board back to his form when he joined us and ultimately then give the manager serious goalkeeping options.

07 Jul 2018 20:13:58
Not sure. To be fair I use to be Forster's No1 fan but think at first he use to terrify attackers with his presence. After a while teams figured he couldn't get down low and that was the end of him really. Like you say thouy hope he manages to somehow get past it.

08 Jul 2018 12:13:47
I don't agree with that, I thought McCarthy was excellent last season. If he can replicate that, then I'd have no worries. On the other hand, there is always a chance he regresses back to the keeper he's always been, which is more of a backup.

09 Jul 2018 12:49:00
I think the comparison of the two keepers is ridiculous. They are completely different types of keeper. Fraser great point blank shot stopper Alex all round excellent goalie. The reason in my opinion Fraser appeared to be so good when he arrived was that he hardly had a shot to save due to the superb back four in front of him, AM has done nothing wrong so far, I’m happy he is between the sticks.

09 Jul 2018 13:36:14
I don't agree. FF was poor for some time, given chance after chance and eventually dropped. AM has come in and has been given one chance, that he has taken. Would be delighted with Gunn but AM is first choice for me.

09 Jul 2018 14:18:55
I wasn't sure about AM at first. But he did all the simple stuff we were begging FF to do. Catching crosses, commanding his box, holding the ball and actually making some unbelievable saves in the last few games. Now will it continue? Who knows, but from what I've seen if him as a goalkeeper. I've got no worries right now about his ability. even if he does just do the basics well.

10 Jul 2018 11:50:03
If we will sign Gunn, I think we have the best GK duo since Niemi and Jones!

04 Jul 2018 11:15:24
I understand that Southampton want two CBs (although it is unclear to me where that would leave Yoshida), a CM, an AM player, a RW, a LW and a striker. Southampton are overrun with strikers but it just hasn't worked out well - it looks like three will bbe available to leave and they will try to bring one in.
Marlon Santos (CB) - an offer has been made
Jannik Vestergaard (CB) - Spurs, Arsenal and Inter Milan have all shown interest in JV in the past but Southampton have spoken with Vestergaard's agent and Borussia Mönchengladbach
Mouctar Diakhaby (CB) - Southampton approached Lyon but it was clear the player was going to move to Valencia
Ben Gibson (CB) - surprising that Southampton did not push for Gibson, and that might open the door for Everton
Stuart Armstrong (CM) - done
Xherdan Shaqiri (AM/ RW) - is well known to Hughes and is versatile
Mohamed Elyounoussi (LW) - done
Ademola Lookman (LW) - looked at but won't happen
Adama Traore (LW) - looked at but opted for ME
Danny Ings (S) - wants a move and could be a very good signing
Paco Alcacer (F) - interest remains from January but there is also interest from elsewhere

Guido Carrillo (S)
Manolo Gabbiadini (S)
Sam Gallagher (S)
Maya Yoshida (CB) - possibly
Sofiane Boufal (AM/ W)
Jordy Clasie (DM)
Florin Gardos (CB) - gone
Ducsan Tadic (AM) - gone.

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04 Jul 2018 11:44:20
Thanks very much for the comprehensive breakdown ed002.

I think Vestergaard could be a great signing. I'm also surprised that interest in Gibson has curtailed but put that down to fee if there's a lot of competition for his signature. Santos looks a bit dodgy from the stats but I've not seen him play so am happy to trust the scouts know far more than me.

Some don't rate Shaquiri but I'm not one of them. I think he has shown time and again he has the capacity to unlock teams on his own. He is criticised for being selfish at times but when you look at the low quality around him for Switzerland and Stoke, its not surprising. He scored 8 and had 7 assists last season, having a hand in 15 of Stoke's season total of 36 goals last term. One player helping an ineffective team score 42% of their goals. Phil Neville said his performances and attitude for Stoke last season were a disgrace ahead of Switzerland's game v Sweden on Monday. Phil Neville is an idiot.

It would be great if we could bring in Ings and he could stay fit and find some form. He was so good before his injuries. Would be a gamble though.

04 Jul 2018 11:53:20
Good work!

04 Jul 2018 12:54:41
Ed. as always your information is greatly appreciated. thanks to you and all eds that put huge amounts of time and effort into the site.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks.}

04 Jul 2018 16:05:17
Thank you ed002, fantastic information update.

Can I ask you your opinion on Southampton as a club, it has been a difficult time for the club managing expectation after such a great rise back to the PL and then Two rather underwhelming seasons and then doubts over the new owners. Do you agree it looks like we are trying to get back on track as a top 10 club? As if I asked a few months ago many fans felt like the wheels had fallen off the bus and looked doomed for relegation (reference to Nigel Adkins the legend he is) .

{Ed002's Note - I have no doubt that the owners want the club back on track and are looking to do the right thing. Personally I would have given Puel longer. Mark Hughes will of course also look to improve the squad and bring the club on - but no one else is treading water and the likes of Huddersfield, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth etc. will all be making similar attempts at scrambling away from the relegation positions. It is likely to be another tough season in my view.}

04 Jul 2018 17:05:00
totally agree with the phil neville thing. complete twerp. what he said about granit xhaka also is a load of rubbish. xhakas a good player but is played in the wrong position (defensive midfield) by arsenal. he should be used as more box-to-box as is creative and has a great shot on him (re: game vs serbia)

04 Jul 2018 18:15:55
Thanks Ed, the information you provide is amazing, anything in the Angus Gunn and Joao MARIO links? As I didn’t see them mentioned.

Mario seems unrealistic unless someone left maybe Lemina but I still see his transfer fee being more than Southampton would ever spend. Would be happy with Gunn if true at the expense of Forster.

{Ed002's Note - Joao Mario is being offered around for sale or as part of an exchange deal in order for Inter to raise some cash or complete a deal or two. I am not aware of interest from Southampton.}

04 Jul 2018 18:27:37
Great info ed. Surprised that we'd be willing to let gabbi go. I know he didn't set the world alight last year but I really rate him. He just needs the right service and support.
I'd be happy with Santos and vestergaard. I'm not shaquiris biggest fan but his goals and assist ratio is impressive and that's what we have lacked. Sometimes you have to make do with a little less effort in terms of tracking back as long as they produce the things that count ie. Goals and assists! We let le tiss get away with it after all! Lol
I would take ings but only on loan or for a very small fee. Too high risk to spend big in him. He's like Austin Mark II.

{Ed002's Note - The issue with the strikers is Southampton has too many and none of them are setting the world alight. They need to bring someone in who can perform consistently.}

04 Jul 2018 18:34:41
Seeing a lot of reports today making us favourites for joao mario. Strange as would be a huge tranfer fee which is unlike saints. Anything in this ED?

{Ed002's Note - RTP.}

05 Jul 2018 00:52:07
Heard that Manchester United are interested in Shaqiri so that probably rules us out of getting him.

05 Jul 2018 10:54:20
Thank you for this Eds.
I am sorry to ask but there are two players i've wondered about but you haven't mentioned. Dendonker (spelt wrong I think), Man City player and Petagna. Could you work your magic and confirm if there is any real interest in either of these players please?

{Ed002's Note - (a) Leander Dendoncker - well the player is concerned about playing time which has made him nervous about a move to Atletico Madrid or Manchester United if Mourinho continues his interest from his days at Chelsea. Hodgson was keen to have him work with Luka Milivojevic but that has waned. Allardyce had him watched and discussions were held with Anderlecht when meeting over Henry Onyekuru's loan last season – but I expect those ideas left with Allardyce. Valencia interest went when they signed Uros Racic, and Wolfsburg were interested when they were worried Riechedly Bazoer may go, but that interest has gone. Lyon, Real Betis and Sevilla have an interest still. I am not aware of Southampton interest. (b) I can't think of anyone you might be referring to except Jason Denayer. I agree he would be a good option but he is not a target at this time - although Claude Puel was very keen when he was manager in 2016. (c) Assuming you mean Andrea Petagna of Atalanta, it would be a strange choice. Petagna has the same trait as many of the strikers Southampton already have on the books - he can't score goals. It would be an astonishing choice and I don't know of any Southampton interest - although I will say that representatives of Atalanta is in England this week and met with Chelsea yesterday (Wednesday). They have already signed 8 players and have a further 57 return from loan. As of yesterday they had sold three and loaned or released six or seven others. They would be more than happy to offload Andrea Petagna to Southampton.}

05 Jul 2018 20:05:28
I think the City player he’s referring to was Gunn.

05 Jul 2018 17:23:18
Ed do you know who might be replacing pied at right back now he’s been released? Reed, Valery or new?

{Ed002's Note - I don't, but I could ask.}

05 Jul 2018 23:03:54
I think reed and valery will be tasked with that. Reed played there for Norwich last season and in our friendly against shalke preseason (where he scored) I really hope we keep him. and give him some game time.

06 Jul 2018 00:58:40
Looks as if Hughes is going to stick with the 5 at the back formation based on yesterday's game. Don't suppose you've got the latest on Vestergaard and/ or any potential attacking mids/ wingers Ed? This would be my lineup for the first game of the season if we get certain players and barring any injuries. Feel like RCB is the most contested position atm between Yoshida, Bednarek, Stephens and this Marlon guy if we get him. Be interested to hear people's thoughts.

Yoshida (Vestergaard) Hoedt
Cedric Lemina Romeu Bertrand
Elyounoussi (New AM)

06 Jul 2018 07:42:49
Dendoncker would be a great buy.

06 Jul 2018 08:45:39
We're not linked with dendoncker. We're linked with Jason denayer.

{Ed002's Note - Jason Denayer is available and after an offer grom Galatasaray was rejected there is a discussion with another side about him in the early part of next week.}

09 Jul 2018 13:37:06
Cheers Ed, amazing info and appreciated.


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