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03 May 2020 15:20:50
Any news in if any of the transfer targets or buyers of the club are genuine Ed's.

{Ed002's Note - I really have no idea what you are talking about. I am not aware or any offers to buy the club. Sorry.}

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03 May 2020 21:09:08
Fake news about Gao trying to sell his stake in the club for half his original asking price.

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

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02 Apr 2020 18:10:40
It now looks as if the season will not be completed due to the crisis, my view is that there should be no relegation and that Leeds and WBA should be promoted and saints first team otherwise known as Liverpool should be awarded the title, the league could then be readjustrd with four teams relagated for the next two seasons.

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02 Apr 2020 22:13:00
The premier League has to be completed to get the TV rights. It's part of the obligation.

{Ed002's Note - No.}

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17 Apr 2020 19:34:28
Ed's could you please give your insight on the situation, there's a lot of changing stories about whether it will or will not be completed. A more insightful explanation would be greatly appreciated on TV rights, finishing of the the season, and what is likely to happen please.

{Ed002's Note - Right now the Premier League want to find a way to complete the season and they are aware of options available if they can't. There are also aware of a further potential major issue which is why they are reluctant to make any statement or allow the matter to be discussed at this time.

There is no suggestion to simply void the season on the table. And I think it unlikely that anyone will look to go down that route.

Spain (RFEF) have decided that they will end the season, if the games cannot all be completed (whether they restart or not), by drawing a line across now, not awarding the title, and settling European places based on current positions (with the exception of the Copa del Rey place which if played will go to the winners else to Athletic Bilbao if it can't). The critical point is that if the season restarts but cannot be completed, the results revert to the standings at the start of the suspension - and the results of the games played after the restart would be voided - this is controversial as far as La Liga are concerned and they have a counter proposal that says if the games restart and then stop, those positions when it stops for a second time should stand. But the decision belongs to RFEF and typically they would overrule La Liga. Whilst they want to complete the league, they too are going to draw a June 30 line across if the games cannot start on May 28 and complete by then – although they have proposed a back stop of the end of July (but nobody wants to use it and clubs don’t wish to exercise it). They have not addressed promotion and relegation completely at this time but seem open to the two up/none down principle as others are considering.

The "Bundesliga" plan if they cannot complete the season: draw a line across; no champions; European places on current standings; top two promoted down through the leagues; no relegation this season but addition one relagated next two seasons. The approach has a lot of support.

Scotland have used the threat based model - vote for what we say and we will give you money to help you stay in business.

Belgium has gone roughly down the "Bundesliga" approach but have assigned Champions (there was a lead that could not be caught but play offs were wiped out - so Club Brugge are champions and all of the other sides agreed. This was driven by the simple desire that it could not all be completed by June 30 based on advice.

The PL is aware of all of this and if needs be will need to be bold and come up with a plan. My expectation is it will follow the "Bundesliga" approach.

There is no expectation that the broadcasters will seek payment for games not played as compensation.}

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19 Apr 2020 19:41:54
Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}

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08 Mar 2020 17:15:51
Echo reporting club up for sale £250m

And GAO won't invest anymore money

Southampton FC for sale article

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09 Mar 2020 09:19:27
From the outside looking in his investment does not look very good. It almost feels like he's seen us as a selling club, where he can make some money on the margin from our player sales. And since he's taken charge we haven't been able to make any money by selling players so now he wants out, as RH and the club have probably said they don't want to sell any players in the summer.

Investing in a football club isn't going to make you loads of money straight off the bat, it's a slow procedure that takes years to develop. It's a weird one, and now I'm reading rumours of RB wanting to buy the club.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think you understand the situation at all.}

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09 Mar 2020 20:36:18
SOLD to Red Bull GmbH
(i assume as per Ed's comment - 80%)

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10 Mar 2020 10:30:51
There was a post on Twitter from Southampton Football Club on their official site of the sale of the club to Red Bull and has now been approved by the FA? It disappeared and no mention anywhere?

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11 Mar 2020 17:05:24
Didn't that RB sale message come from a fake Southampton fc Twitter account where the team's name was misspelled?

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07 Mar 2020 13:07:06
Today will be an interesting test of Ralph's team selection. I am hoping he moves JWP back into the number 10 role and uses on of the two right backs we had on the bench last week! Without Armstrong and Smallbone both injured, will be bring back Romeu? I hope not . how about being brave and having PEH and JWP with Djenepo and Boufal outside them .
back to the 'go for the win' mentality.

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07 Mar 2020 14:49:03
Good to see Ralph reads this forum 👍
Great team selection today 😁.

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19 Feb 2020 22:31:43
Seen we might go for Rashica from Werder Bremen in the summer if they get relegated. Seems a good fit for RH and his style. Might fit behind ings or on the wing? Think we have a fair chance at signing him?

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20 Feb 2020 13:29:00
I've been reading reports that Liverpool have been looking to sign him for something like £30 Million but then again they seem to get connected to players everywhere.

{Ed002's Note - Milot Rashica (LW/RW) another possible Jadon Sancho replacement or indeed a Leroy Sane option and there is interest from both Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich. Werder Bremen don't want to sell (but could be relegated). Rashica plays predominently on the left, like several of the many Sancho replacements, but is seen as versatile. Dortmund are looking at a number of possible Sancoh replacements that they have identified and others also play predominently on the left. I am not aware of any approach from Liverpool to Werder Bremen nor any declaration of interest from his agent or lawyer but it would be interesting if their were - he would certainly provide good cover for Mane.}

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15 Feb 2020 15:30:37
What a shambles for the first goal today BV can anyone explain who Ings didn't just head it out for a corner and what on earth was maccarthys position he was way behind the line . if the goalkeepers are going to make mistakes like this we could still get dragged back into trouble, to those who criticize Redders just note how we missed him today, must win game next week.

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16 Feb 2020 01:07:22
The reason Ings didn;t head it out for a corner was that he totally misjudged his position relative to the ball trajectory . in simple terms he thought the ball was going out for a corner! As for McCarthy . now that's a more difficult one. Maybe he had been told to guard the far post as Burnley aim for the far post 9/ 10 times. To be fair, he did exactly the same against Liverpool and scored direct from a corner:)
We struggled against Burnley's tactics as have many other clubs . ! if we get it let's hoof it up the pitch and hope for the best, may not be the best football to watch, but it catches out teams that are pressing high and trying to platy real football!

We seemed disjointed and unless it was my imagination, I am sure JWP played much deeper than lately and was a lot less productive. Stephens is growing into a top player, his running with the ball is superb. While Long and Ings play well together, Long needs to concentrate on playing football rather petty fouls, being offside and arguing with the ref!
In summary . we were awful!

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16 Feb 2020 07:26:31
I believe that footballManagers’use as many smoke screens as politicians do these days. Does Ralph believe that we’ve all just got off a green bus? myself and 30000 plus Saints fans know that Vestergaard doesn’t have superior skills to Bednarek playing out of defence (even if he had the ball glued to his boots, ) My belief is that Ralph dropped Bednarek for criticising Saints attack for not being ruthless enough (especially when he himself is partly responsible for the shocking goals against record) . If this were true whilst a reprimand is justified risking 3 pts is not worth it when we don’t have adequate cover. KOM.

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18 Feb 2020 16:28:02
Vestergaard was played over Bednarek because of his height would have been an advantage against Burnley’s attack

Same reason why Yoshida would get played at right back against teams who’d lump it forward rather than play it on the ground.

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19 Feb 2020 04:21:57
I. don’t recall Ralph’s comments referring to Vestergaard’s height as the main reason for selecting him in preference to Bednarek against Burnley. KOM.

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19 Feb 2020 04:55:59
I trust we will sign a competent centre back with all the required skills in the Summer rather than a seven foot tall player who has much less ability. KOM.

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08 Feb 2020 06:13:08
Having watched the game again feel boufal is starting to put a shift in when playing ie tracking back and trying to win the ball back when losing it. If this guy gets a run of 4 or 5 starts he could get into his groove as there's no doubt he can do things no other player in the squad can.

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08 Feb 2020 14:15:37
Also, and I've watched the lad a couple of tea this year, I think we should sign Ollie Watkins of Brentford. We've been linked with him for the last couple of years and he's a player I like; quick, strong, got a goal in him from out wide. Another player I like is Clarke-salter who's quite promising I think.

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08 Feb 2020 21:22:37
Chelsea were close to recalling him from his loan spell at Birmingham just before Christmas because of lack of game time. I'm thinking that if he can't get into Birmingham city's defence then I'm not sure he's good enough for us however Chelsea gave him a new contract at the beginning of the season so someone there must have thought that he has a good chance of making it.

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10 Feb 2020 00:45:08
I like the look of him and as you say Chelsea obviously like him that's why they want him playing and gaining experience. But Watkins I believe could be an upgrade to Redmond in the long run, I like redderz but I don't see that his game has developed much in the time he has been with us well he hasn't developed into the player most of us thought he could. Redderz decision making just always seems to be the wrong one.

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11 Feb 2020 14:30:21
I agree with you, I feel that Boufal's biggest problem is that he's never had a proper run of games in the squad. If he adds more aggression to his game and is smarter with the ball then he could become such a good player. His pro's that he is probably the most direct player in the squad. His first intention is always to go towards the goal and try to make something happen. His biggest downfall is that he always tries to do too much with the ball and often loses it. He did this many times against Spurs got the ball and tried to take loads of players on and if you're a premier league team you'll know that you can press him with a few players because more often then not you have a chance to win the ball back because he won't go backwards.

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31 Jan 2020 16:10:23
Yoshida to Sampdoria coming out of Italy.

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31 Jan 2020 19:41:59
Seems like this could happen. I would rather he stayed but good luck to him if he does move.

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31 Jan 2020 11:02:08
Hi ed are saints interested in bringing anyone else in on transfer deadline day.

{Ed002's Note - I think it unlikely MArk.}

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31 Jan 2020 14:39:36
A loan for midfielder Jacob Maddox of Chelsea might be on the cards.

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31 Jan 2020 08:46:25
Ed02 do you know of any possible late signings for us today? i'm thinking our business is probably done now but there is always hope.

{Ed002's Note - I think the departure of CS will probably be the end of it Ben.}

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31 Jan 2020 11:47:34
OK Mate thanks, keep up the great work.

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30 Jan 2020 13:51:56
Just reading on SSN that Tottenham are looking to launch a late bid to get Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. What are peoples thoughts on this?

On his day he is unplayable, but he does have off-days. £35m was being touted recently by Everton - Would anyone on here be happy to see £25m and a certain Victor Wanyama return?

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30 Jan 2020 15:03:48
LOL! no way, why on earth would we sell him in January Benny Boy? 35 million is nothing in this market plus we wouldn't spend 35 million on another player. Every player has off days, our whole squad is full of them.

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30 Jan 2020 20:55:03
We may be known as a selling club but I just can't see this happening.

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31 Jan 2020 08:59:53
I think it's just a rumour created by the media and nothing more. Hopefully, it doesn't distract Pierre. We could sell him in the summer and replace him if the price is right, but he is the captain so wouldn't really want him to leave.

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29 Jan 2020 01:40:08
Cedric to Arsenal?

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29 Jan 2020 18:14:44
Really hope we keep onto him. KWP is young and might do okay. or might just do nothing which is good we are only getting him on loan. Letting Cedric go especially right now midseason is a huge mistake and we will regret it.

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29 Jan 2020 21:11:11
It doesn't really make much sense to me. Cedric has been good for us this season, granted he has stated he wants to leave. But we let first team regular like him go out on loan until the end of season and then he leaves for free in the summer when his contract expires doesn't make financial sense.

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30 Jan 2020 07:38:10
It makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Cedric is clearly enjoying his football again and playing well. We are on the best form for many seasons and playing some good football. Arsenal very hit and miss, not having a great season. so that’s ok you have Cedric and I’m glad we can be of service to you Each spot in the PL is worth millions so keep hold of Cedric til the end. I am wondering if it’s just a rumour and that he will be trained up to slot in come start of next season. Cedric is certainly not doing a Van Dyke sulk so makes no sense.

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30 Jan 2020 08:02:44
However we would be silly not to take the money if he is set on leaving free in the summer.

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30 Jan 2020 12:21:41
Just checked out prize money per place; approx 2M per spot, less than I thought. But with our current form could we really make Europe.

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30 Jan 2020 12:49:17
Supposedly the money is 1million loan fee, surely not worth losing a reasonably in form settled defence player go for the sake of 1 million.

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23 Jan 2020 09:54:26
Various sites reporting that Leicester are interested in buying Vestergard. I find this hard to believe. Any substance to this that you're aware of Ed?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach for Vestergaard but I can say that they are after recruiting a reasonably priced centre back. They had set their heart on a younger player of which much is expected but have been knocked back in an approach - and options become thinner on the ground in January when clubs do not have replacements lined up. This would add credence to the suggestion that they are considering Vestergaard as Southampton are willing to let him go.}

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24 Jan 2020 06:57:16
How about Hojbjerg to Everton rumours, Eds?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of any approach from Everton.}

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24 Jan 2020 16:32:58
Thanks Ed
if only we knew what Danso was like at CB it might be a good idea if they made an offer.

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25 Jan 2020 09:43:10
Now I looked at Sandi's stats when he signed and the majority of last season he played as a CDM (the Romney role) he is not a CB by any stretch of the imagination.

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25 Jan 2020 13:28:53
Danso! Bloody spell check.

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22 Jan 2020 11:21:22
Ssn reporting Saints have made enquiries for Notre Forrest ful back Matty cash any truth ed.

{Ed002's Note - I really don't know at this time.}

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23 Jan 2020 11:11:05
He's having a very good season and one of the best right backs in the championship imo. Versatile as well considering he's a midfielder by trade. Think it would be hard to get him in January considering Forest are mounting a serious promotion challenge. If they don't get promoted at the end of the season then I can see it happen.

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17 Jan 2020 11:07:38
Oreo and Boufal out? Celta Vigo sniffing around.

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17 Jan 2020 13:50:47
Not sure about anyone else but don't see it happening unless they are permanent deals, I believe Celta would be looking for loans only.

Also fans are starting to throw their toys out of their pram's because of the managers recent comments about maybe not signing anyone in this window. I would take that with a pinch of salt though as clubs knowing we have to do business in this window only puts the price of our targets up, It might just be a clever move from the manager and club putting out to the media that we don't need to do business and then if we do look to do some business we don't seem desperate and have our pants pulled down like in previous transfers.

what are your thoughts EDD's?

{Ed002's Note - Oriol Romeu (DM) wanted by Celta Vigo but I cannot see they will be able to afford him. Southampton may be open to a summer sale.
Sofiane Boufal (LW) Celta Vigo want another loan and Southampton may be open if there was an obligation to buy him in the summer - but finances may be an issue. Milan have enquired after his availability, but no more.

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17 Jan 2020 14:59:10
Thanks Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Ben.}

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19 Jan 2020 21:47:13
I thought it was excellent man management/ rhetoric from Ralph re new signings .
So lads, i know you've beaten Chelsea and Leicester away and Spurs home, we are keeping clean sheets . but it's still not good enough so i am going to get some more players in .
that's now how you do it!
Leicester was the greatest example of the team far exceeding the quality of the team. The players have been outstanding so respect to Ralph for his words. But please can we sign Redmond's twin brother, i hear he passes the ball :-)

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