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12 Jul 2019 08:06:19
With all the new forwards and the strength of our youth signings is Shane Long another one to be sold?

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12 Jul 2019 09:02:25
I'm not so sure St Steve, I think he suits Ralph's style of play and still has good pace, think he is a good option from the bench.

12 Jul 2019 09:32:41
I don't think so. Not in this window at least. More chances of Gallagher, Austin, and Carillo all leaving before Long does.

12 Jul 2019 10:15:05
They'll let him see out his contract think he has a year or two left. His sell on value won't be high. He's no prolific but his work rate and small runs can be crucial in some games for breaking down defences.

12 Jul 2019 13:53:49
Don't think he'll go, we'll be playing 4-2-2-2 with Adams and Ings as our main 2. Long will be a sub, his ball chasing and energy is a great asset to have on the bench. But I think if either player gets injured than RH will favour Obfemi over Long.

14 Jul 2019 13:21:06
Sorry to read Charlie Austin has rejected a move to WBA when the. Clubs had agreed a fee because he wants Premiership football (or watching it from the stands) on a nice income to boot. This result will maybe delay the next signing. Doesn’t CA realise he would have been in the Championship next season anyway if Ralph hadn’t stepped in and saved them. I suppose along with FF it’s a cosy existence on those wages for just training and keeping fit (both being 3rd/ 4th choices at present) . I truly hope ambition prevails for them both very soon. Keep On Marching.

14 Jul 2019 17:46:38
Probably the fact that he would rather remain close to the south coast rather than play in the Midlands too. his parents still live locally. he also has a family, Mrs etc. I doubt it's to do with playing premier league, necessarily. if a championship club from London offered to sign him and paid the same wage he would probably go.

15 Jul 2019 10:23:31
Had to laugh CA keeping fit 👍😂.

16 Jul 2019 19:16:51
I'd much rather keep Shane Long and get rid of Charlie Austin, Carillo and Boufal.

18 Jul 2019 13:45:05
I don't think anyone is really surprised by Austin's childish outburst, he clearly doesn't feel that football orientated if he turns down a move to a half decent championship club (West Brom) where he would probably be a good addition. He is getting older so needs to realise that, unless he is a 20-30 goal a season striker - which we all know he ain't, never rekindled the QPR form - then his chances will be limited. I think the only good thing he did all last season was get the winner against Arsenal. His and Lemina's attitude stinks so let em rot training with the kids, they'll soon get tired and moan they want to move on. I think they should wait for a decent offer for Lemina and send hi merrily on his way and pay off Austin just to get rid.

09 Jul 2019 22:14:58
Hi eds. Do you know if there's any truth in the " Lemina to Man Utd " rumour?

{Ed002's Note - Not as far as I am aware.}

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10 Jul 2019 10:19:38
Thanks Ed002. Seemed a bit far fetched to me but nothing surprises me these days.

10 Jul 2019 10:19:38
Thanks Ed002. Seemed a bit far fetched to me but nothing surprises me these days.

{Ed002's Note - I am only aware of one approach and that was from Atalanta who would like a loan to buy.}

10 Jul 2019 15:13:51
I don't think that Saints would sanction that type of deal as we would want to have the cash to purchase our own signings/ replacement. We also have too many out on loan who are unlikely to be brought back into the squad that we need to sell on.

15 Jul 2019 19:42:51
I think loaning Lemina out would be different to someone like Hoedt or Clasie though. He's unquestionably talented, and it could be a good financial move.

I could easily seeing him excelling somewhere like Atalanta and suddenly we're sitting on a £30-40m player.

15 Jul 2019 22:00:48
I see your point Saints 123 but what if he has another poor season? He then becomes another player that we can't sell because we have a £15m player that we would only get offers of £5-£6m for. If he's adamant that he doesn't want to be with us I would much rather take a £15m offer now and move on.

09 Jul 2019 14:52:53
David Okereke signs for Club Brugge. Southampton unlikely to go after another forward. Adam Blackmore said 'perhaps' another #10', but a CB is the priority.

Anyone have any ideas as to why Stuart Armstrong was omitted from the Austria squad?

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09 Jul 2019 16:28:03
Any rumours of CB links?

Armstrong misses out due to illness.

09 Jul 2019 21:44:25
Food poisoning ec.

11 Jul 2019 09:09:01
I haven't seen any names linked, though rumours have spread that Hoedt may get a second chance this season. Therefore we could see a back line of Bednarek + Vestergaard, Yoshida or Hoedt, with Stephens likely to leave. Klarer may make a couple of appearances.
Although, I'd imagine we'll be linked with some players once Lemina is out.

And thanks for the Armstrong update!

08 Jul 2019 07:38:16
Hi Eds, just noticed in the site that in the first team list there is no place for Carrillo and Hoedt. They must be moving away? Any fresh info about their transfers? I also assume Austin, Lemina, Stephens, Gallagher and either McCarthy or Forster free to leave, if the right offer comes. Any info about them?

{Ed002's Note - My notes say that the following are available:
Fraser Forster (G)
Cedric Soares (RB)
Wesley Hoedt (CB)
Steven Davis (CM)
Sofiane Boufal (LW)
Guido Carrillo (S)

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08 Jul 2019 10:58:15
Davis has gone to ranger's permanently ed.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}

08 Jul 2019 12:13:29
steven davis is a rangers player.

08 Jul 2019 13:19:21
Thanks, Eds. Sees like Lemina as well as he has been left out from trip to Austria.

08 Jul 2019 21:14:49
Apparently Lemina has told Saints that he wants to leave.

06 Jul 2019 19:23:12
I've just read on SSN that Leeds have accepted a bid for Pontus Jansson from an un-named Premiership Team. Saints were looking at him last year and again in January - Could it be us? Reckon he would be an excellent addition. What do you guys think?

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06 Jul 2019 22:44:46
Reports that he's either going to Sheffield united or Brentford. Haven't heard any rumours about us being in for him.

05 Jul 2019 17:36:47
Hi ed . any truth in the rumours that saints are in talks with hull over the signing of Jarrod Bowen .

{Ed002's Note - I don't know Mark.}

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05 Jul 2019 21:16:31
Ok cheers . just that he has been backed in to 54 to join saints with bookies.

05 Jul 2019 22:06:28
He's also been linked to Spurs, Arsenal and Burnley.

06 Jul 2019 04:29:04
I think until a load of players leave most of our efforts will be concentrated on finding a new CB instead of another winger or forward, for now.

If/ once we manage to sell boufal, Carrillo, clasie etc it'll free up some funds and make space in the squad. We still have too many players as it stands. We can't just add more.

Got a winger, got a striker, centre back is next on the list.

06 Jul 2019 13:36:09
Agreed with MilkySaint, from reports it seems that Gallagher is close to Blackburn, Austin, McCarthy and Stephens are of interest to Aston Villa, and Carrillo could return to Madrid with Getafe or Legánes.
Boufal still has a holiday to take before returning to the squad but will probably leave shortly.

It seems Clasie, Reed, Hoedt and Cédric will either be reintegrated into the squad or at least reassessed this preseason. I can't see Forster leaving anytime soon.

I expect at least 2 or 3 sales before another comes in.

07 Jul 2019 08:02:29
I doubt Hoedt and Cedric will be reintegrated as it was Hassenhutl himself who sanctioned their loan moves.

07 Jul 2019 10:21:35
I hope not Vick!

07 Jul 2019 11:39:24
I think that Cedric did OK during his time with us but he'd obviously only be back up to Valery now so best if we can move him on. As for Hoedt, I think that he was against the trade descriptions act, touted as a defender but he couldn't defend so get him out ASAP. Gallagher and Stephens were never quite good enough for the Prem in my opinion. Carillo wasn't given a chance really but he doesn't look to be the sort of player that Ralph wants and although Boufal has undoubted skills his attitude let's him down but who knows, he may have grown up a bit and do the business for Ralph. I keep hearing rumours of offers for Clasie so I don't know what's happening there. Austin should go, McCarthy has admitted that he's open to a move and I'm sorry to say that I think that Forster is content to just sit on the bench and pocket his salary. We definitely still need a central defender that can command and marshal the defence and I feel that will be all the players in for this summer.

03 Jul 2019 11:38:38
Hi Eds,

I have seen a lot of reports that Saints tried to take Andre Silva on loan from AC Milan - can't be true can it?
Some say we tried a loan with 18m Euro purchase?

{Ed002's Note - Not that I am aware.}

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03 Jul 2019 15:06:39
thanks Eds, i would be very surprised if true! Especially with who we've signed but you never know i guess. Just wish we would sort out the defence now as that's the biggest concern!

03 Jul 2019 19:24:10
I agree. It is crucial we strengthen at the back. We made so many defensive mistakes last year. I never felt we'd win a game unless we were two goals up and into injury time! But I can't believe that we'll get to the end of the transfer window without signing at least one defender.

04 Jul 2019 09:04:32
Agreed Andrew, I don't think our problems actually come from our attack, when we're losing games 3-2 and drawing 2-2, we've been scoring a couple of goals more often than not against good sides. It's the mentality to hold the lead when we go a goal down. Which I think RH will be able to sort out. But another CB would be a good option, I'd love it if we could switch to RH's prefered 4-2-2-2, but he's said that he doesn't have enough confidence in our CB's from one on ones so I wouldn't be surprised if a CB is a top priority.

Andre Silva, does tick our boxes because he's only 23 and has the potential. But with Adams and Ings arriving I wouldn't see the need to have him, especially with Long and Obafemi as well. Plus I'm assuming playing for AC Milan he will have huge wages.

04 Jul 2019 11:50:38
I agree with you both and have heard and read what Ralph has been saying and it's clear to me that's where he is focusing on but not seeing anyone being linked to us which is strange!

In regards to Silva, I think he ticks every box as I worry about Ings being injured to much and I was told Obafemi was out till December (not sure if that's true) and would prefer him to go on loan and get some fitness and goals as he's unproven really. I would take Silva on loan with an option to buy as Long is off next year but don't think we would sign him.

It seems we have a huge list of players to get rid of and get down the salary costs. I wonder if that is stopping the recruitment at the moment.

04 Jul 2019 14:49:21
Yes, shifting players has now become a priority and may well be holding up further recruitment. But I do expect to see some movement here, with Gallagher, Austin, McCarthy and possibly Lemina likely to depart.
As for CBs, we were vaguely linked with Bristol City's Adam Webster at one point. However, a reported fee of £30 million would probably be beyond us. Whoever we get, there is no doubt we need a better defence next season!

03 Jul 2019 11:36:16

I'm not sure I believe this one. We currently have so many strikers on the books. Would be great if it was true though. Do Edd's have any info? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Not as far as I know Ben.}

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03 Jul 2019 16:26:51
Hi guys

I have been watching events at Sfc with great excitement and a real sense of anticipation for the coming season with Che Adams and Djenepo and I respect eds comments 're Andre Silva but with Austin going and if there is genuine interest in Carillo then maybe this rumour has validity. I have been really impressed with what is happening at Sfc with a great manager and support team and backing by the owner I can genuinely say I am really looking forward to this season which is the first. I hope season ticket sales are going well, let's pack St Mary's and turn it back in the fortress that it once was. coys!

04 Jul 2019 02:14:03
I think we would have to offload Austin, Carillo and Gallagher as well as probably sending Obafemi on loan to a championship club before we looked at another striker. Much more likely that Ralph is looking at Obafemi and Long as back up to Adams and Ings along with using Redmond in that forward role on occasions.

04 Jul 2019 10:13:31
Agree withj all the above guys. Thanks Ed002 (Thumbs up)

01 Jul 2019 15:19:39
Adams signs!

Great News.

Now for two defenders!

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01 Jul 2019 15:29:35
Glad that it's happened at last. Now need to strengthen defence and clear a few out and I think we could have a good season ahead.

01 Jul 2019 15:12:13
Targett gone for £14m, Che in for £17m - Villa will be doubly happy. That's two attackers in! 2! We might even get another one!

We're definitely vulnerable at the back still, would like two signings there - reports Lemina may be off so there could be plenty of room for further investment.

Ralph also having his touch on the board restructuring - loving our pre season work already.

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