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11 Aug 2021 15:24:50
Hi Eds,

With Vestergaard seemingly on his way to Leicester, do you know if we have any plans to replace? I saw a while a go we were linked to Flavius Daniliuc at Nice, any truth in that or is there someone else? Please not Phil Jones :-)

Thanks as always.


{Ed002's Note - I think it is a "probably" still after signing Dynel Simeu and good reports of Mohammed Salisu. There has been interest in Evan N'Dicka.}

1.) 11 Aug 2021 16:10:47
thank you Ed002.

I wouldn't mind that as he can play LB as well but thought he'd be out our price range.

2.) 12 Aug 2021 05:13:02
Vestergaard to LCFC Avery good result all round considering the current circumstances besides. SFC don’t need any player who is not happy and less than 100% committed to our Club. Hoping for a great start at Everton. Suggested team - Forster KWP Perraud (Stephens/ Bednarek) Salisu JWP Romeu Tella S Armstrong Adams A Armstrong Subs—Broja Livramento Stephens/ Bednarek McCarthy Walcott Diallo Redmond/ Djnepo K O M.

3.) 12 Aug 2021 14:56:25
So a young defender with potential to develop and to sell on at profit. Plus they have to be 1st team ready now. Rob Holding from Arsenal comes to mind. Any others that suit the profile?

4.) 12 Aug 2021 15:18:21
Ed are we still interested in Maehle?

5.) 12 Aug 2021 21:41:13
Ralf stated we're after a versatile CB who can play in midfield with experience. I'm certainly not saying I want it to happen (because I don't! ), but the first name that springs to mind in Phil Jones.

Also a little wierd he's been the no.4 shirt at Man Utd. I'd think a move is on the cards somewhere.

Just a thought.



14 Aug 2020 11:47:29
Hi Eds,

Is there any truth that saints are looking at Martin Hinteregger from Frankfurt? Looks a great prospect and got an eye for goal too but never know if these rumours are true!



{Ed002's Note - Martin Hinteregger (CB) The Southampton manager has explicitly requested the club try to recruit Hinteregger.}

1.) 14 Aug 2020 13:58:39
thanks Ed's - that would be a big move for us!

{Ed002's Note - The odd thing is that his CB partner would be a much better option and probably less expensive - but there is already quite a lot of interest and EF don't want to sell.}

2.) 14 Aug 2020 16:38:37
Not sure that Saints would want to pay the reported £22.5M that Frankfurt have asked for but he seems to be a decent defender and Ralph knows him and what he is capable of. A few other clubs reported to be sniffing around Frankfurts central defenders.

3.) 15 Aug 2020 12:16:48
It does feel like a lot and I guess it will depend if we can shift some deadwood but we’ve all been asking the club to show ambition and sign a good centre half and I know we got one but he looks more for the future.

Haven’t seen us seriously linked with any other players though, except McKenna (think that’s how you spell it) but can’t see that happening.



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.}

1.) 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!

2.) 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.

3.) 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.

4.) 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.

5.) 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!



19 Jun 2019 14:17:22
Hi Eds,

Are you aware of any firm bids in Che Adams? Lots of reports over the past 3 days.

Does the manager situation have any effect either? Seems the owner is happy to asset strip.


{Ed002's Note - I would skip the thought of set stripping but Southampton and others are keen.}



06 Jun 2019 11:06:51
Hi Eds,

I have seen a lot of reports this morning linking us to William Saliba, a young centre back who looks like the ideal player we need. Do you know if there is any truth to this or any other CB we are looking at? Feel we must strengthen in this department!

Thanks as always.


{Ed002's Note - William Saliba (CB) a number of clubs are very keen on Saliba - particularly Arsenal who would like to strike a deal but want to do it without and auction that could push up the €30M starting price which they think is high for an 18 year old, particularly as they will only let him leave if they get an at least one year loan on the player immediately. This has removed the interest of Real Madrid. Manchester United see him as one for the future, but I would not be surprised to see MU look to an offer this summer. Benfica would also like to recruit him but I am not sure they are in the position to pay a significant sum and then loan him back for a year. Interest from Watford and Lille has become moot and if Southampton are keen on him, and there is no doubt he is a good player, they would need to negotiate an immediate move or end up in the same position as Benfica.}

1.) 06 Jun 2019 15:05:01
Paying that much money to then loan him back for an entire season just doesn't sound smart to me. We need a player for this season really. plus what happens if he snaps an ACL or suffers another horrendous injury while back at ST. Etienne? I think we need someone with a little more experience, who doesn't have such restricted conditions upon signing.

2.) 10 Jun 2019 11:29:50
thanks Eds, i agree we would need him play for us next season (especially at that price) . I've read a lot about the club wanting a good CB to come in but he's the only name i've seen so far. We all know we need to strengthen there and cover rb.

appreciate your work over the summer ;-)

{Ed002's Note - Rafael Toloi (CB), Gary Cahill (CB) and Willi Orban (CB) have also been considered.}




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20 Jan 2017 14:06:32
Fonte having a medical at West Ham today. I don't see this as a step forward for him but also don't see us replacing him to the summer. It's going to be painful if we can't score and start to concede


1.) 20 Jan 2017 17:33:12
His pay slip and contract will be a step up tho

2.) 20 Jan 2017 21:41:09
I don't think so, he had 18 months left on his current contract and Saints were prepared to extend that by 1 extra year making that 2.5 years. He has just signed a 2.5 year contract with Wet Spam. His salary at Saints was £65000 a week, the highest paid player in Saints history until we signed VVD, Saints offered to increase that to £70000 a week in the summer but Fonte wanted more and an increase to the contract length of two years giving him another 4 years at Saints and according to the reports he has signed a 2.5 year contact on £65000 a week so he is in fact worse off going to Wet Spam and add to that he put in a transfer request so there goes his signing on fee!

3.) 21 Jan 2017 07:41:17
Fonte called you and told you that himself I suppose. So you think fonte has gone through all of this for exactly the same deal as he was on



30 Aug 2016 08:49:40
hearing Camacho could be off to West Brom. Having seen him play, I think he would be great for us as a midfield enforcer as I think we look weak here. I still feel we need 3 players, CB, DM and ST just to compete this season but can't see it happening.


1.) 30 Aug 2016 10:39:10
spot on Onlyme444.

2.) 30 Aug 2016 10:52:07
Midfield is overloaded and I think jay rod will stay after Saturday's performance . Hopefully a CB in for cover, mangala on loan with city paying his wages won't be a bad deal.

3.) 30 Aug 2016 11:53:24
Good thing about loans. We can send him back if he gets injured.

4.) 30 Aug 2016 16:18:05
Agree we have many CM's but quality CDM's?
Still need a powerful/ commanding CDM in my opinion

Agree, need cover for CD, better than what we have as current back up

finishing: The difficulty with relying on the forward players we currently have is that none are likely to get 15 goals this season - we've lost players who scored goals last season and have yet to replace these, this is plain to see.



24 Aug 2016 09:21:32
Hi Edds, any interest in Southampton in Phil Jones? I know he has had a few injuries but I thik he would be a great addition as can play CB, DM or RB which helps with Europe.

I'm sure there is a lot going on behind the scenes but are we really going to loan out players wothout a replacement already here at this stage? Seems strange to me, expecially as Les confirmed CP can use the Mane money to bring in new players.


{Ed002's Note - No. Asking about random players is pretty much always going to get the same response.}

1.) 25 Aug 2016 07:50:21
I'm with you on this Onlyme44. I think Phil Jones would be a great addition to our squad. He is still relatively young and with a little more discipline could also be a regular starter at CB.

2.) 25 Aug 2016 08:31:50
Thanks Ed's and appreciate what your saying. I only asked as had read Phil Jones is not needed at Man U and wondered if we had spoken to his agent or the club.

Read this morning that Callum Chambers is allowed to leave on Loan as well - not sure if this is true as Arsenal are so light in defence but would be a great cover signing and help our home grown status. Plus with Europa, he would get game time.

{Ed002's Note - The problem is that there are plenty of players for sale and Southampton are focussed on bringing in the ones they want and are not stumbling around talking about players they have no interest in whatsoever.}



12 Aug 2016 10:19:28
Tadic has signed a new 4 year contract - great news as the main players are on long contracts!


1.) 12 Aug 2016 13:43:19
Good news, quality player! Scores goals and makes assists!



30 Jul 2016 09:58:29
Gaza gone out on loan meaning we must of signed another keeper. Hope it is McCarthy as he's a strong back up and will push Forster. I think we are lacking some pace in attack other than Redders and hope they sort this with a good wife man.


1.) 30 Jul 2016 13:45:35
I mean wide man, not John Terry!

2.) 30 Jul 2016 16:33:54
Good luck to Gaza he'll get much more game time. Hopefully he will benefit and come back with confidence. By the way we just won our 3rd friendly against FC Groningen 1-0 who had a man sent off. Charlie Austin scored with a header late in the game.




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11 Aug 2021 16:10:47
thank you Ed002.

I wouldn't mind that as he can play LB as well but thought he'd be out our price range.




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05 Aug 2021 10:09:58
Just seen that we have enquired about Abraham for a loan at Chelsea - be a great signing if it's with an option to buy. I would prefer its a purchase but not sure how credible it is anyway. With us, he will play at least.




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20 Jul 2021 12:43:26
no worries, thanks for replying anyway.




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17 Jul 2021 16:23:31
Hi Ed’s, do you know if we made the 2nd bid for Armstrong? Lots of mixed reports. Thanks.


{Ed002's Note - I don’t know I am afraid.}



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25 Aug 2020 15:56:23
Thank you for this Ed, it’s really helpful. Be great to recruit 2/ 3 players from that list but with Gao’s position I’m not optimistic.





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27 Jul 2017 09:12:14
I don't disagree with anything you are saying but I think we need a quality centre back. Yoshida and Stephens wouldn't be starters in any other team and with them playing we have to sit deeper! I think VVD will go but I want it done so we know and can move on. We then need 2 centre backs who can play in an attacking team. I know we have 5 centre backs on the team sheet but 4 of them are not up to this level (2 are young and will grow) . We seem to be the only team not strengthening, the sale of the club is in limbo and I don't see us progressing on from last year! So that said, I would like a CB, AM and pacey winger as I feel we lack it and struggle to get behind teams (except Long who needs to many chances to score) .




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26 Jan 2017 09:37:27
I have been reading this as well this morning and can see the bid lodged. At the moment, there is no confirmation the bid has been accepted and the official quote is pending bid (I sadly analyse stock for a living) . I won't be surprised if this does go through as its been an option to buy a stake for over a year. They won't have a majority share but could be forced to make a formal buy out. Personally, I am not happy about this as they are more about profit than growth and will see as as a selling club! when we need stability




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31 Aug 2016 15:32:32
It seems that way Dorset. I think we are going to be very light this season and any injuries will really hurt with our lack of depth.

Looking through Newsnow, sky, bbc, HITC etc - we're not in the running for anyone now! I think its going to be a frustrating day!




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25 Aug 2016 08:49:23
Anyone know what's happened to Gardos? Someone posted a few weeks ago he was still injured but nothing official released.

Papers are saying Chambers is available on loan even though Arsenal are light on cover. I'd take him on loan but would like us to bring in a Fonte replacement for the long term. I'd worry about Sakho's attitude and upsetting the squad - plus he worry's me in possession. He might have good passing stat's but never looks comfortable on the ball.




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25 Aug 2016 08:31:50
Thanks Ed's and appreciate what your saying. I only asked as had read Phil Jones is not needed at Man U and wondered if we had spoken to his agent or the club.

Read this morning that Callum Chambers is allowed to leave on Loan as well - not sure if this is true as Arsenal are so light in defence but would be a great cover signing and help our home grown status. Plus with Europa, he would get game time.


{Ed002's Note - The problem is that there are plenty of players for sale and Southampton are focussed on bringing in the ones they want and are not stumbling around talking about players they have no interest in whatsoever.}