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14 Aug 2019 10:10:22
Forster to Celtic? . does Charlie Nicholas know something or is he just giving an opinion.

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16 Aug 2019 17:35:22
We can only hope.

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19 Aug 2019 10:22:50
100% Forster is off to Celtic, Jack Stephens could apparently be off too.

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09 Aug 2019 18:19:24
Just seen the squad list and confirmed shirt numbers for the coming season - Is there any reason why no one has taken the number 8 shirt? Are we expecting a free agent to sign?

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08 Aug 2019 18:01:47
According to sky sports saints have put in a deal sheet for Kevin danso highly rated centre back with Augsburg. He has been watched by a number of clubs. Happy 2019-2020 season guys.

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08 Aug 2019 18:42:03
I'd be happy with Danso. Young and eager to learn. Got to be better back up than Stephens.

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08 Aug 2019 20:47:42
Not reading anywhere that the Danso deal has been completed - Did we get him.

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08 Aug 2019 22:05:43
Danso is done-so.

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08 Aug 2019 22:39:44
It seems so. at last. Both Adam Blackmore and Adam Leitch are reporting via Twitter that the paperwork has been sorted, with an announcement expected tomorrow. They are both reliable sources, so it looks like we're there now. This must have been the latest deal we've ever worked on!
Let's hope Danso is the business as our defence sure does need strengthening. Last season's record of dropping points from winning positions absolutely must be addressed.

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08 Aug 2019 17:39:11
Saints have submitted a deal sheet by the 1700 deadline. come onnnn defender!

And not a clue who it is given all the media sniffing around the grounds - love how quiet we keep it!

Just hope we can get something over the line.

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09 Aug 2019 06:14:29
Seems that we did :) Hope the club will announce Danso today.

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08 Aug 2019 07:47:46
Heard of any last minute incomiings Eds?!

{Ed002's Note - Charlie Austin is expected to go and I would not be shocked if a full back were to arrive, perhaps on loan.}

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08 Aug 2019 10:19:54
Cheers. no centre backs tho? Guess Ralph is trusting what he has. Just would have liked a more secure head but those players are not leaving, clubs I suppose. everyone wants them! 😬.

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08 Aug 2019 10:23:04
God I hope it's a left back. I'd take Bertie back on the left side of a back three again if it means having a stable defense. Should've never let Targett go.

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08 Aug 2019 10:29:07
Is this full back talk because we have a potential buyer for Cedric with some sustenance in Europe Ed002?

{Ed002's Note - I don’t understand what you mean about “sustenance”. But there is a potential buyer for Cedric in Monaco.}

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08 Aug 2019 14:43:26
Ed0002, is the full back the one from Spurs? Kyle Walker-Pieters?

{Ed002's Note - He is an option.}

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08 Aug 2019 15:40:22
Charlie gone to West Brom.

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06 Aug 2019 20:47:51
Reading this evening that Josh Sims is in advanced talks to join New York Red bulls on loan for the season. Surprised by this, thought he had a good chance to stake a claim for a starting berth this year at Saints. Thoughts?

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06 Aug 2019 21:15:53
It's a shame because he has talent. I think with Boufal coming back, his chances will be limited.

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07 Aug 2019 00:38:24
Difference between Josh and Boufal is that Josh is aggressive, fast, positive and intelligent . exactly the attributes need in the PL . should never let him go .

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07 Aug 2019 09:27:54
I think it's a good idea let him get one more season of first team football. I fear his chances would be limited this season otherwise. Could just be a rumour, what was the source of this one? Rare for players to go to MLS.

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07 Aug 2019 13:04:45
Sims is a good player but the problem is he's a bit lightweight for the premiership. skilful but gets knocked off ball to easily.

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08 Aug 2019 10:08:40
I was under the impression he'll be back after Christmas. Assuming he's had a few months first team football hopefully he'll provide a new energy for the 2nd half of the season, he'll be like a new signing!

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05 Aug 2019 23:09:24
Only a few days to go and very little news on either ins or outs. Really can't see any more incomIngs at this point - would love another defender - but maybe a few fringe players may exit by Thursday night.

If that's the case, I can see us having an entertaining season, similar to Bournemouth - loads of goals at both ends - but maybe not enough to breach the top ten at this point.

What do we think of our prospects given how our squad seems to be shaping up?

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06 Aug 2019 07:45:31
Still weak in central defence. Apart from that I think the squad looks strong. Change isn't always necessary when it comes to the team, getting them to play consistently to their best is what we need.
That said a strong experienced centre back in place would be ideal as our back ups aren't up to the challenge.

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06 Aug 2019 09:23:46
Maybe we'll loan in a centre half with the option to buy? Or maybe we'll take the risk and sign one regardless of the players we want out leaving. I reckon we'll already have the player we want to be lined up as it's literally only the case of getting rid of our unwanted stock before we bring someone in, this wouldn't be a signing just for the sake of signing someone.

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04 Aug 2019 15:29:49
Saints are trying to sign on loan Jean Clair Todibo from barcelona. he's a 19 year old French centre half . very highly rated.

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01 Aug 2019 08:50:06
Few outlets linking us with Benoit Badiashile - seems a bit unrealistic to me, heard anything on this Eds?

{Ed002's Note - Wolves have held talks with ASM about him.}

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01 Aug 2019 17:14:13
I've heard whispers about Scott Banks . Any news about him eds?

{Ed002's Note - No sorry.}

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30 Jul 2019 14:58:37
Apparently Everton considering an offer for Lemina.

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03 Aug 2019 03:13:11
Everton have signed a DM, I don't believe any of these Lemina rumours. If he does go I think it'll be a cheap sale or loan to a European team after our deadline.

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25 Jul 2019 16:07:49
Wolves are supposed to be interested in signing lamina . is there any truth in this ed.

{Ed001's Note - I don't know sorry.}

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26 Jul 2019 21:56:10
Hi Ed, are you aware of Saints tracking any players currently?
I have not seen or heard anything of any substance recently.

{Ed001's Note - I am aware that they are defo still intent on making signings, but Ed002 would be better placed to put names in.}

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28 Jul 2019 08:46:58
Do have any names, Ed002? Cheers!

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19 Jul 2019 12:18:13
eds any ideas who saints are rumoured to be serious about . keep up the good work.

{Ed002's Note - The efforts are on Amazon right now I am told.}

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19 Jul 2019 18:00:02
Believe saints must sell before they can buy . plenty of deadwood to get rid off.

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22 Jul 2019 11:17:25
So far this season we've spent the following:

Ings - 18m
Adams - 15m
Djenepo - 15m

And we've made the following from sales
Targett - 11m
Gallagher - 5m
Gabbiadini - 10m (money's been spent)

I would imagine that Ings money was already forecast so that wouldn't come out of the pot of transfers this season. Cutting out the deadwood is going to be hard, but he's what we have and what we could end up making.

Austin - 5-8m
Lemina - 20-25m
Stephens - 5-8m
Hoedt - 8-10m
Boufal - 8-10m
McCarthy - 5-8m
Forster - 5-8m
Clasie - 3m
Carrillo - 8-10m
Cedric - 8-10m

So by cutting out these players we could make 100m (I don't think we'll be able to sell half of these) - RH has said he only wants to spend 15m on players, anyone that comes in will be young and cheap. We're building a squad for tomorrow and not for today. I would imagine we already have the players we want in the pipeline, we're just waiting for sufficient funds to do so.

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22 Jul 2019 11:54:23
Sorry Saintjay, I know this is probably personal opinion but there is no way we will get a transfer fee for Forster. It is pretty much common knowledge that saints would happily let him go for free to get him off the wage bill, but there are no takers due to high wage. Think we are stuck with him until contract expires.

I think some of the others would be very optimistic too, such as 8-10M for Hoedt.

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22 Jul 2019 14:05:35
I know I was probably being a bit too optimistic earlier - we've shot ourselves in the foot with our players on their massive salaries. Most first-team players earn over 50k a week and they're simply awful and bring nothing to the club, annoyingly we can't get rid of them to lower clubs because they don't want to take the hit.

I only say this for Hoedt because I've read the rumour that his agent has met with AC Milan about the possibilities for a deal of 10m. But yeah those amounts were just pulled out of the sky and bear no relevance to anything in reality.

I don't think we'll be able to flog our GK's, maybe McCarthy but I can't see FF leaving this summer. I think we'll sell Lemina, Boufal, Austin and Clasie, don't think the others will go though.

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19 Jul 2019 09:59:14
Wesley hoedt has been offered to AC Milan would be a god send if we get him off our books.

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19 Jul 2019 10:19:50
I think we'll see a lot of movement in the final week of the window.

All clubs are currently going after their 'top targets' of which i'm sure Hoedt, Austin and Lemina are not among; but with squad gaps remaining all teams will start to cast the net wider and go for players that are known to be available.

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16 Jul 2019 19:43:54
Its clear that Charlie Austin would rather take his £40,000-£50,000 week off the table for the next year than move on.

He has his love of Horses and Pubs that will keep him busy, whilst Saints have to watch as this diminishing asset "Takes the Urine".

He has no respect for the average Joe (or Jill) that pays good money for there tickets whilst he laughs in our faces!

Hopefully he will be banned from stepping foot at Staplewood or St Mary's, in a years time he will be worth nothing, just as he is now!

Hasenhuttle has inherited a right bunch of freeloaders, you can tell that Charlies antics have stopped Aston Villa even looking at him having spurned West Brom.! Idiot.

Same with Lamina - Look at how wonderful i am, yes he has skills but the attitude and aptitude of a Mushroom. Such a waste of talent, but they all think they are the "Dogs Danglers" but in reality they are mercenaries with little or no morals.

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16 Jul 2019 20:21:45
Just been for a walk with wife, talked about this …. thinking about it, who were the most injured (supposedly) players over the last year or so

Van Dyke
Charlie Austin
Boufal
Classie
Limina
Gabiaddini

Common theme - coincidence - Or abuse of Saints good nature?

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17 Jul 2019 20:48:31
What's your point? Bertrand, Long, Ings and others has also been injured a lot. Clasie hasn't really been injured much, just not been good enough.

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18 Jul 2019 09:03:05
I don't think there's any correlation between injuries and players wanting to leave. Looking at the list of player provided they've all left for different reasons or will be leaving.

VVD - Wanted his move to Liverpool, forced his way out of the club. Did have a big injury before leaving, think that was just a coincidence.

Austin - Simply not good enough for the future plans of the club, therefore we're looking to offload. Maybe his injury problems have caused him not to get to the level he could be at.

Boufal - Fell out with MH, then loaned away, he had an injury when he first joined but has never established himself in the first team due to a lack of consistency.

Clasie - Was never good enough, he's been loaned out for the past two seasons and he's struggled to get into the first team of those loanie clubs.

Lemina - His injury has had an impact, he's was out when RH arrived, therefore feels like he's been cut out of his main position. But obviously doesn't have the drive to force his self back into the team.

Gabiaddini - I feel like he's actually left on very good terms. He never really had any injuries, I feel like the managerial appointments during his time at the club meant that he was in and out of the first team. Again like Boufal struggled with inconsistency and goal droughts.

Obviously, we don't know what goes on in the backroom. But it must be pretty disheartening to basically hear that you're not good enough and we don't want you at the club. Especially considering Austin is a decent striker with lots of experience and Lemina has played for some of the biggest clubs in Europe. I've said it before, we have a big team with lots of players at the same ability, we have 5 CB's, 5 CM's, 5 wingers and 5 strikers that should be fighting for their place in the starting 11.

I think it's a good sign though, that we're looking to offload more deadweight than before. I'm looking forward to the new season and hoping we can progress and RH can create a really good starting 11 that can beat anyone on their day.

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18 Jul 2019 09:47:55
To be fair to Charlie Austin he has always been loyal to the club and hasn't looked for the injuries he's received. He has never been disrespectful of the club or fans and the fact that he is not top drawer as a player is just what it is. Considering he only cost us £4m and his wages are not exorbitant we might as well play him for another year and concentrate on getting rid of those who are basically useless, cause ripples are on massive wages.

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22 Jul 2019 08:34:02
Hummmmm, not sure to many supports were happy seeing CA wearing a Liverpool shirt not so long ago!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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