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09 May 2021 19:31:00
I think the Ralph debate will rumble on but he needs to go and go now. What we do between now and the rest of the season doesn't matter much (assuming we have enough points in the bag) .
I would sooner see the youngsters get game time - how good is Lndulu for example - no one knows. And what about the lad who lasted 78 seconds on his debut at Old Trafford?

An old cliche, but if you're good enough you're old enough e. g. Danny Wallace aged 16 making his debut against Man U.
What winds me up most is Ralph insisting we were "brave" against Liverpool last night - really?! How so Ralph? Because we tried to score or because we made some tackles. That's not brave - that's their bloody job. So Ralph, great guy that you are - now is the time.

On another note I think Adams struggles without Ings alongside up top. Ings would have buried that poor clearance from Allinson. I've watched him a lot in recent weeks and his first touch isn't good enough hence he misses too many half chances. A couple of wonder goals have probably deflected the fact that he has a lot to work on. Won't fault his industry though.
I agree with the majority view - no more Walcott, Redmond, Forster, McCarthy, Bertrand and a new manager (IMO) to get the best out of JW-P, Djenepo and the youngsters.

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10 May 2021 14:41:40
I agree with some of what you say but I think Forster has come on a lot. Djnenpo? I don't see it with him. Gives the ball away far too much, moves break down and we are in trouble. When was the last time he even looked like he could score a goal. We seriously need another good striker. I know Walcott will be just a signing on fee but if he is worth signing then why does Ralph keep pulling him off. see Djenepo, and Redmond for that matter.
We have some good players but not nearly enough.

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12 May 2021 13:29:11
I see everyone calling for Ralph to go but let's be honest about it, who else would want to come in knowing that they have to work with what he has. It wouldn't make any difference if we had Pep come in. He would still struggle to keep us in the Premier league. Nothing will change until someone with megabucks buys the club and the chances of that happening are about zero. I think that we need at least 6 quality players brought in to make us competitive so that would be an outlay of £100 million +. That's just not going to happen. Over half of the present squad are championship players at best so to be playing next season in the Premier league is a miracle but I fear for our chances next season.

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13 May 2021 09:06:37
You're off your trolley, if you really want to know how good our youngsters are look at the results, where we are in the youth leagues. Go see how well they are doing there and then decide if they can fit in.

The problem isn't Ralph at all. It's the squad he has at his disposal, we had a defensive crisis midway through the season and the team confidence took a massive hit. In my opinion we haven't recovered from. We play well most weeks but can't come away with the points unless ings is playing. It's got nothing to do with the manager. He should instruct his players to have a go at goal more a forward passing rather than coming home all the time admittedly but you are crazy if you think there is better out there on our budget. It's people like you who got Claude peul fired and he finished 8th and took us to a final.

Have a bit more loyalty in your club and people at it. We've seen lately about fan revolts she to ESL but without that squad and coaches we don't have a team to watch. Stop being so negative and get behind them. Due to finances we're a team that can only afford to avoid relegation each season but have been over achieving for years.

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13 May 2021 11:30:12
SFCPhill, you need to moderate your tone if you are to engage in constructive dialogue. Football is about people and opinion. There are many people who consider Ralph tactically naive and there is supportive evidence to show why. Likewise your point about how good the youngsters are is dubious if you are looking at youth leagues. The gulf between that level is massive and as said previously, we have had lots of success blooding youngsters into the big time. At the moment, we are giving them bit parts at a time when they should be getting more minutes on the pitch.
People who have a different view to you are not disloyal - they care passionately about the club and it’s future.
I do agree with your views about the financial reality of the situation and that simply employing a new manager will be the silver bullet - it won’t. What we do need is a manager and a team who can provide a little more fight and spirit in a no shots on target semi final.

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14 May 2021 01:11:49
It's nothing to do with whether or not someone is loyal to the club. I've been supporting Saints for almost 60 years through good times and bad but the fact remains that we are a very poor team and many quality players short of a half decent Premier league side. I want Saints to be competing against the best week in week out but with the present squad we will be losing heavily which affects confidence therefore making the following game even harder. Then what do we do? Bring a few U23s in and wreck their careers because they're getting badly beaten every game. Saints will only go downwards unless there is decent investment.

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04 May 2021 23:34:57
You have to respect Mauricio pochettino for high fiving Sergio Aguero when he came on in the champions league semi final . that shows an understanding and respect of the game we love!

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11 Apr 2021 18:31:44
Haven't seen us linked with him at all but has Noa Lang been linked with anyone at all Ed's? Watched him a few times for Club Brugge this season and looks a great player, would love to see us make a move for him.

{Ed002's Note - He is simply on loan and will return to Ajax.}

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09 Apr 2021 19:00:06
Talk of Harry Winks to Saints. What a signing if we can pull that off.

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09 Apr 2021 20:37:11
I agree with you Manny but tell me - what would your first choice midfield 4 be if everyone was fit and available. Personally, I think it’s a very hard call but Winks offers more going forward than some of the options. As you say, would strengthen the squad but choosing a first XI would get that bit harder!

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10 Apr 2021 02:20:59
Competition for the first XI is crucial. Pep has that headache and he’s doing ok.

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10 Apr 2021 20:49:12
I wasn’t suggesting that completion was a bad thing - it’s a very good thing. I was simply saying that for the first time in many years I’m struggling to see what the strongest team would be and a little bit of me wonders whether Ralph does (great guy that he is! ) . Hopefully he will call it right next Sunday!

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15 Mar 2021 10:00:08
Hi Eds. Any news on the American takeover. Is it still a possibility?

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of anything noew but there are several groups looking to invest in Premier League clubs.}

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19 Feb 2021 14:23:27
I just want to say something that I when say out loud sounds madness considering some of the results we've had and that is . For me I believe Ralph Hasshenutle is untouchable.

Don't get me wrong every manager can have their faults, but what I mean is, in the wake of certain results and recent run I think some around the world would consider that stackable. However for me the idea has never once entered my mind. When Ralph has the players he needs to field the way he wants to play you can see that it works. Depth is an issue, along with circumstances and VAR.

If we found ourselves in similar results situation with puel, pelliguno or hughes I wouldn't be saying this. With Ralph though it's different.

#InRalphItrust.

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23 Feb 2021 22:53:59
It’s time to take stock. Various reporters bumming us up when we are playing like a bottom three. team. International PLAYER status ( 8 ) count for nothing when week after week we are outplayed and outwitted by well structured teams without many recogniseable players. Whilst we have endured many injuries and poor ref. decisions it’s time to weed out overpaid pretenders for next season. Maybe Ralph could do with the shared support of a sharp no.2 to discuss substitutions player selection tactics etc. Future plans need to be activated right now in order to progress next season.

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25 Feb 2021 13:21:31
I believe a shake up of his coaching team is needed. I totally agree a stronger No2 may be required.

Untouchable? - No, but who would replace him? The only one I thought of was Benitez.

Any thoughts?

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25 Feb 2021 16:07:16
I think you’ll find Ralph is someone who likes to make the decisions. He stands up the whole game and very rarely consults his coaching staff! He doesn’t even stand near his coaching staff! Richard K the assistant is a very knowledgeable and experienced man.

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25 Feb 2021 16:12:33
Overpaid pretenders : one standout pretender is Redmond, to be playing him upfront is bizarre.
Not quite good enough - sadly I think Bertrand is past his best by quite a way.
Stephens - simply not good enough

The bednerek and vestergard partnership worked very well, but now Salisu is on the team sheet, that partnership is gone.

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29 Jan 2021 17:46:54
Vokins going on loan to Sunderland? Surely he wouldn't go unless we have someone else lined up already? Maitland-Niles? Somebody else?

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31 Jan 2021 08:36:46
I really don't get it. AMN is right footed and not what we need.

Especially after lasts nights potential injuries to Diallo and Walcott.

It's nice to see we have youth coming through, but I feel this is to much at once.

Call me absolutely bonkers but we have both of those positions covered with guys on loan. Lemina and Elouynossi.

Elouynossi is doing well, albeit in Scottish league, but we've had some great players from that league.

Lemina, personally I rate him and could at least do a job until the end of the season.

If they're saying we have no money for players, then surely this is an option, or a case of Ralph being very stubborn.

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12 Jan 2021 10:19:52
Sooo. what do people think about the potential of Ralph leaving? Even heard a rumour of JWP to Everton or Spurs? And now Vesty to the scousers? Thoughts anyone?

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12 Jan 2021 21:51:26
I think we are as safe as can be with Ralph and JWP being loyal to our club but Vesty has not been treated that well in his Saints career so may be drawn by the money and the lights. Having read the finances today may be if we can get good money for him we should.

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15 Jan 2021 09:57:33
I think if we can keep Vestergaard to the end of the season we should. Hopefully, if he can have a better second half of the campaign and increase his stock. Selling him for 40m+ would give us enough transfer budget for the summer. Where we could look to sign, a new CB, new fullback and new attacking mid.

I think the rumour of Ralph leaving is just lazy journalism and so are the other rumours? Don't see why JWP would go to Everton, they're a bigger club than Saints but I don't think he can achieve anything else there that he wouldn't be able to achieve with us. Also, he's probably our most expensive player. I can't imagine we'd let him go for less than 60m.

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15 Jan 2021 09:38:03
vestergard was given a hard time when tbf he was not playing well. i would of grabbed 23m rumoured from leicester. the player he is today he is worth 40m min and he should also remember the manager backed him and has given him another chance which he has grabbed with both hands. i would rather sell 4-5 fringe players and keep him and sit him down with a new contract.

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19 Jan 2021 13:27:09
I have to say that I'm more worried about Danny Ings leaving. From what I've heard the latest offer from Saints is a long way short of what Danny is asking for.

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20 Jan 2021 18:16:58
He wants a buy out clause the money is fine from latest reports.

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07 Jan 2021 18:42:45
With Obafemi off to Swansea on loan (apparently) and him not really looking like he's in Ralph plans I would love to see us make a move for Balogun, any chance of this happening Ed's? I know there's apparently 15 clubs interested in him.

{Ed002's Note - No, I don't see it.}

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08 Jan 2021 22:57:11
Why would we? Yes we could have him as another option, but Ralph is building his squad around a core of players, with excellent ‘stand ins’ especially making full use of the academy. He has created a tactical plan that is being taught to every level at Southampton.
I think we will see a reduction in buys and an increase in bringing players through.

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09 Jan 2021 08:03:01
Because Obafemi clearly isn’t in Ralph’s plans and we all know that Shane Long cannot score a goal. Dan N’Lundulu is currently our only back up goal scorer, why not got and get another young goal scorer who’s a free agent at the end of the season so would be available for a cut price fee?

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10 Jan 2021 12:42:00
Obafemi isn't in Ralph's plans because he's lazy and can't or won't play the way that Ralph is asking him to. I for one am more than happy to leave the decisions to Ralph. He seems to be making a bloody good job of it.

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14 Jan 2021 21:53:17
Our selection is not just about a young player who can score and is a free agent. A huge emphasis is put on character, lifestyle etc when Southampton are interested in someone, they watch, watch, listen, enquire, watch and watch . often in ‘secret’. You can be absolutely sure Ralph knows exactly who he wants . at the moment he is seeing who he can ‘tune’ . Vestergaard and Prowsey spring to mind.

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15 Jan 2021 09:40:47
for leicester to let gray run down his contract is clearly an issue. i am not convinced rogers is a great manager he has a plan a but does he have any other. sit deep and hit on the break. gray and ihenacho have not developed at all in their time at the club. would imagine gray would be a good acquisition especially if cheap or free but would depend on buying into the plan and being prepared to wait.

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15 Jan 2021 10:22:51
I think Ralph ran out of patience with him. When Ralph first joined, he was heavily invested in Obafemi, you could tell that he wanted him to succeed and must've spent a lot of time on him. And from the sounds of it, Obafemi hasn't returned the favour. So now Ralph will focus his attention on N’Lundulu and Tella.

There's no doubt that Obafemi has bags of talent and is a good finisher and is a good poacher but if he's not willing to be a team player, we're best off letting him have a decent career.

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02 Jan 2021 16:58:28
Hi Ed’s any news on any incomings or outgoings for the saints in this January transfer window? The only thing I’ve heard so far is LB Brandon Williams and LW Demarai Gray. any truth to these two? Cheers as always. Sam.

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer on the timings but don't expect much in January. There has been interest in:
Brandon Williams (LB) a loan consideration.
Joey Veerman (CM) Southampton may approach Heerenveen again to see if an agreement can be reached.
Demarai Gray (RW) not a CA pick but there might be a real push for him from Everton and Southampton could look to a deal.
In terms of departures:
Yan Valery (RB) Jonathan Barnett would like to see him move on to kick start his career.
Southampton also need to deal with the contracts running out in the summer or cut the players lose:
Harry Lewis (G)
Ryan Bertrand (LB)
Sam McQueen (LB)
Theo Walcott (RW)

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05 Jan 2021 12:30:22
Extending Bertrand for another year and bringing in Williams permanently in summer I think would be decent business, I can see KWP and Williams being a great young English full back pairing who we can make superb money on in a few years.

I’d also love Theo to stay, he’s been awesome for us and Everton don’t need him and he doesn’t want to play for them. Gray would make sense on a free, gives us options and he’s the kind of player we normally improve and can make a profit on.

Veerman as a JWP backup would also be a good piece of business, but for once I don’t think major changes are needed.

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05 Jan 2021 13:30:02
Agree on the options stated and the reasoning. Wouldn't it be amazing though if we got a new owner who wanted to build instead of continually strip for profit. Similar to what's happening at Leicester and to a lesser extent, Villa. We have the manager, just need the right owner.

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07 Dec 2020 19:17:07
Ingsy and Redmond back on the bench, and Salisu lives! With a near fully fit squad, we finally appear to have depth with the same XI from recent games, supported by

Forster Stephens Long Diallo Salisu Ings Redmond

Tonight might be the first time we have an impact off the bench for several months!

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07 Dec 2020 21:51:43
Truer words were never spoken 😂. Sign of a good side, shake off a comeback loss, not play great but still get the win. Fifth! And at home to bottom next week.

But my word, that was never, ever a penalty. If the foul is given for the tussle, it is clearly outside the box. I was all for VAR until lockdown but it is being implemented terribly and has cost Brighton what could be an important point.

We do seem to get lucky with the decision though, I believe we’re in the top few sides for benefitting the most from VAR decisions so maybe we should keep it for our sake!

#WeMarchOn.

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08 Dec 2020 17:50:16
Credit definitely has to go to Vestergard. I was told by one of the U23 players that he can pass the ball with either feet to anywhere on the pitch, along the ground or over the top.
Well I watched since then and wow, can this man pass very accurately. Clearly Ralph has spotted his potential and encourages his passing anytime he likes. I’ve also noticed that V now seems to take up different positions at set pieces ie standing in more space, running onto the ball. He used to be ‘lost in the noise’ surrounded by other players. This reminds me of good ol Claus L, he scored only 2 goals in over 400 professional games, but was up for virtually every dead ball situation. I used to think, ‘get out the way’ . well Vestergard is now positioning himself superbly and the goals are flying in!

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06 Oct 2020 20:04:08
Hi Ed's, do you know if Southampton are following any of the free agents available admittedly they're mostly injury prone players but there's some great talent amongst the list. I know there was paper talk about one or two of them before they were released and wondered if it was just that please.

{Ed002's Note - Not so sure about the freebies. There are half a dozen post deadline possible transfers to the Premier League - but again not so sure.}

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07 Oct 2020 18:35:56
Thanks for the reply.

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05 Oct 2020 17:49:23
Carillo is officially off our payroll.

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05 Oct 2020 19:17:48
What a waste of £19m! Believe we did something similar though for only about £4m on buying Vegard Forren about six years back. Never should have allowed Pellegrino get his hands in the chequebook in the first place.

Now hopefully Hoedt is back off to Lazio and Boufal back to Angers, and we should have a nicely trimmed squad. Disappointed to see Klarer go, I believe big things were tipped of him.

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05 Oct 2020 19:26:05
If we can get Hoedt and Boufal off the wage bill as well, it will put us in a stronger position during the January window if we NEED to do business. All of the bad transfer decisions after RK left the club had put us in a dodgy financial position. While I respect every player that togs out for us, all the above players were surplus to requirements. RH has done a great job if all those players are now off the wage bill.

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05 Oct 2020 20:19:42
You do know it's not the manager who sets up their transfer away right? How has Ralph done a good job in getting rid of them?

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05 Oct 2020 20:30:44
Has anyone heard anything about whether Gunn is going anywhere? All the talk a couple of weeks ago was that either Gunn or Forster would go but as FF has been on the bench so far this season I can't see Gunn getting the No.2 keepers spot back so surely needs to move for the sake of his career.

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06 Oct 2020 07:41:12
I think there's still a period where lower league clubs can sign players on loan. So hopefully he'll be off to the championship on loan.

I'm just relieved we've managed to ship the deadweight from our wage bill.

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01 Oct 2020 17:34:17
Hello again, so deadline day approaches. lots of rumours about various players. anything looking likely? Ideally we need replacement for PEH, a winger and another striker, possibly another CB too. What do you think EDs?

{Ed002's Note - I know nothing more than what has been said. The club has an interest in Ibrahima Diallo who is a DM/M. They have also spoken with Chelsea about available players for a loan and Spurs - Ryan Sessegnon (LB/LW) loan enquiry from Southampton and Burnley.}

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02 Oct 2020 14:49:04
Diallo for €12m seems to be happening in the next few days.

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03 Oct 2020 10:15:59
A lot of rumours flying about but probably 90%+ thin air but if any are true would love to see one or more of RLC, Diallo, Grujic, Sessegnon.
Don't rate Wilson and sadly can't see any way there is any truth in the McTominay rumour.

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04 Oct 2020 17:27:33
We looked a lot better over the last 2 games at CB and Salisu will only strengthen us there. Diallo now gives us options at DM with Oriol and JWP. A bit more creativity in midfield or up front would be icing on the cake now.

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25 Sep 2020 09:52:17
Latest link is Ibrahim Sangare, Toulouse box-to-box mid, available for £7m, good things heard of him, part of a relegated side last season but so was Doucoure, but surely worth the punt.

I'll take anyone at this point.

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25 Sep 2020 19:12:26
Fits the Saints policy. Only 22 years old. Quite physical and a decent tackler/ passer. Could fit nicely into Ralph's way of playing and at £7-£8 M fairly priced. I think 1 or 2 other clubs are interested. Let's hope.

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26 Sep 2020 02:50:31
Looks like Sangare is off to PSV Eindhoven. Oh well, onto the next.

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