10 Jan 2022 19:09:23
Hello Ed (s). Got any juicy Saints rumours for us or is it all quite at the moment?

{Ed002's Note - It will be out of date and I would need to check, and the ownership change may impact matters, but last update was:
The wage issue needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency or the club can expect FFP sanctions.

Sam Johnstone (G) Will not be sold in January but Spurs, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers in the summer.
Willy Caballero (G) Short-term solution.
Fabien Centonze (RB/RWB) Metz turned down an approach from Marseille who opted for for Pol Lirola but they are still seeking another RB. Metz say Southampton and Everton have sent scouts to watch him this season.
James Hill (CB) Fleetwood Town youngster attracting scouts from the PL and a declaration of interest from Burnley and Southampton. The issue will be game time at any higher profile clubs so a move to either might be the best move, although perhaps only a stepping stone.
Nayef Aguerd (CB) Rennes have been given the opportunity to profit on the player by Marseille but have made clear they are not looking to sell. Southampton and West Ham are amongst clubs who have sent scouts to watch him.
Ben Elliott (CM) Brighton, Brentford and Southampton have a declared interest in taking him as a Free Agent in the summer.
Joe Aribo (CM) Rangers do not want to sell but the player will be aware of Aston Villa, Southampton and Leicester showing an interest. Away at AFCON so an immediate move is unlikely but perhaps the summer will see the player push.}
Angelo Fulgini (CM/AM) Feyenoord had an offer rejected last summer. Southampton and Everton have looked at the player.
Filip Djuricic (AM/LW) Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk have a declared interest. Sassuolo will sell if they gat a €12M offer.
Ritsu Doan (AM/RW) PSV are willing to let the player leave in January having identified an upgrade to him. Shakhtar Donetsk and Southampton have shown an interest although getting a Work Permit to play in England may be difficult.
Mohamed-Ali Cho (F/RW) Clubs have had to tread carefully due to his age and him having an agent but there is a great deal of interest in the ex-Everton youngster. Angers will resist a sale once he is 18 unless a very good deal is put to them. A number of sides including Southampton, Milan, Atletico and Chelsea have been watching him but he may be best served staying in Ligue 1 for a while longer.
Khayon Edwards (S) Youngster who, like so many do nowadays, is demanding guarantees of game time and refusing to sign a contract. Southampton are cherry picking such kids and can offer better guarantees than Chelsea who will give him a roadmap but no guarantees. Scouts from a couple of German clubs have looked at him. Arsenal are very keen to keep him.

1.) 11 Jan 2022
11 Jan 2022 17:02:38
Thanks for this insight Ed. I was hoping that Dean Henderson might feature on your list, given there are rumours linking him with Saints, but I suspect there is little substance to it, more wishful thinking.
I must confess, I don’t know too much about most of the players you have listed which strikes me that in this window, we are unlikely to secure anyone who is a shoe in to the starting eleven. At best, we are looking at consolidating the squad and perhaps developing future talent.
This is where our problem is - we are not at the races when it comes to improving the starting lineup. We bring in players who do not offer much more than what we have already got. So in terms of quality on the park, the names might change but there is little prospect of improving the levels we are currently at. That is down to market forces i.e. we are not in the business of bringing in 30 million pound players or am I being glass half empty?!

{Ed002's Note - I would likely not hold your breath over Henderson. Dean Henderson (G) Manchester United want to keep DH but he wants guarantees with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Spurs considering their options. Newcastle may offer an immediate solution. Common sense dictates keep Henderson but I suspect the club think otherwise. Perhaps a loan again, else another hostage being held by Manchester United.

As for your second point, traditionally Southampton have done well picking up lesser know players. The scouting system in England has also been very good over the years and the youngster picked up from Chelsea have worked out well.}

2.) 12 Jan 2022
11 Jan 2022 23:49:19
I make you right Ed and absolutely, Tino is a gem. Be great to keep Broja too!