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05 Jul 2021 13:23:20
BBC reporting Ings has rejected contract extension.

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28 Jun 2021 12:22:23
Would anyone like Saints to go after Calum Chambers? He could cover CB and RB. He seems to have stalled and doesn't play enough. Worth a punt - maybe on loan?

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01 Jul 2021 14:05:59
He probably would be good as cover but I’d like us to prioritise the spots for the first XI players. Ask for Chambo and we can get the old band back together at this rate!

22 Jun 2021 14:40:44
Southampton Expected to sign either Neco Williams from Liverpool or Brandon Williams from Manchester United.

Both players futures were unclear with their respective clubs however reports suggest both players will now be allowed to leave this summer. Neco, currently on international duty with Wales has reportedly been given the green light from Liverpool to leave for around £10 million. The Saints claim to have enquired on the players availability in January however Klopp refused insisting the welsh defender, who can play both on the left and right, was still within his squads plans. It now seems Liverpool are willing to sell up and Southampton could be his destination. The player himself is looking for more game time and has so far failed to get ahead of Trent Alexander Arnold.

Brandon Williams, also thought to be on Ralph's Radar, has now been told by Manchester United he is free to leave on a season long loan. Game time is also the issue with his current club, it is thought both Southampton and Newcastle are at the front of the que for his signature.

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23 Jun 2021 20:09:10
I’d like to start signing players permanently. We get stuck in a catch 22 whereby either the player flops or he has a super season and his price is hiked up. Both of these lads fit the bill for me. Get it done Saints.

24 Jun 2021 19:07:19
Like Walker-Pieters and Danny Ings? The try before you buy strategy does actually work sometimes.

27 Jun 2021 17:45:55
It does but I personally don’t like it. Didn’t work with Alderweireld, and arguably we would’ve gotten both of those players for at least 5m less. If they are good enough to sign then trust it and sign them permanently. Loan to buys, to me, say we aren’t confident or decisive enough in our decision making process.

29 Jun 2021 13:03:11
No but we wasted money on players like Hoedt, Carrillo, Osvaldo, boufal, Gunn, lemina just off the top of my head and that's money we can't ever recouperate. Loan to buy definitely the way forward. If we pay 5m extra for a player it's better than their whole price tag to be a flop. Do you not agree?

Alderweirald wasn't a failure he was brilliant for us just unfortunate that he was also a higher class of player than our clubs financial standing and Tottenham could offer him a closer to his goals than we could.

14 Jun 2021 07:26:21
BBC reporting our interest in these players:

Alberth Elis, Forward (Boa Vista)
Junior Firpo, Defender (Barcelona)

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14 Jun 2021 13:40:28
Would love Firpo. Hope is that Barcelona need a lot of players off their books so to snap him up for seven figures would be excellent.

Elis would be a bit of a gamble but could provide that bit more than our other wingers. Good to see that ‘hopefully’ we’re trying to get business done early.

06 Jul 2021 13:20:37
Firpo signs for Leeds.

07 Jun 2021 22:10:09

Romain Perraud, left back from Brest, £8,500,000. Let's hope he has the same impact Bertie had all those years ago!

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09 Jun 2021 13:20:49
Fingers crossed. Not over the line yet and apparently a few clubs are interested.

21 Jun 2021 13:38:53
@mlt7 what happened?

02 Jul 2021 16:27:13
Did I stutter?

04 Jun 2021 22:15:32
OK Spoiler alert this is just for fun, repeat fun, although I am quite serious about the players I would ship out.

I do think we need a back to front rebuild, but we have no money, so for fun what funds can I generate and how could I spend it and on what quality.

Transfermarket. co. uk has been used for a baseline of value, prices in pounds.

McCarthey (GK) 5M, Forster (GK) 4M, Gunn (GK) 5M, Vestergaard (CB) 20M, Valery (RB) 5M, Lemina (CM) 7M, Redmond (LW) 12.5M, Djenpo (LW) 12.5, Elyounoussi (LW) 10M, Ings (F) 25M, Obafemi (F) 4M, Long (F) 0. TOTAL 110M.

Soria (GK) 12.5M, Bachmann (GK) 1M, Firpo (LB) 15M, Antonee Robinson (LB) 5M, Marcos Sensi (CB) 16M, Kent Tete (RB) 4M, Teun Koopmeiners (DM) 15M, Arnaut Danjuma (LW) 15M, Minamino (LW) loan, Ryan Gauld (RW) 3.5M, Gianluca Scamacca (F) 15M, Randel kolo mauni (F) 8M TOTAL 110M.

Spending our own money
Odsonne Edouard (F) 15M, Yari verschaeren (AM) 10M, Duje Caleta Car (CB) 25M TOTAL 50M

Current squad kept; Adams, JWP, Diablo, Tella, Romeu, Walcott, Smallbone, Jankewitz.

What funds could you generate?, and who would you buy? .

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05 Jun 2021 17:51:28
Great idea my friend, but too many non English coming in, I would like to keep Janick from your list.

05 Jun 2021 20:55:13
I forgot Dan nlundulu and Stuart Armstrong to round out the 25, which still gives us 8 homegrown (at a pinch jankerwitz will homegrown soon) .

I don’t want jannick gone either, but the object was how to raise money to spend.

Give it a go.

06 Jun 2021 10:53:15
Why not try and keep Vestergaard and Ings. Still generating 65mil. I’d buy Sam Johnstone, Pereira and van Aanholt as they have prem experience. Tan Ganga could also be a shout as he struggles to get regular football and is a good utility man. Thoughts?

07 Jun 2021 00:01:15
Using transfermarkt for prices also -

Sell -
McCarthy - £5,400,000 or Forster - £3,600,000
Gunn - £2,700,000
Stephens - £4,050,000
Hoedt - £3,600,000
Valery - £4,050,000
Lemina - £9,000,000
Redmond - £16,200,000
Elyounoussi - £10,800,000
Ings - £19,800,000
Obafemi - £3,150,000
Long - £1,350,000
Between = £80,100,000 and £78,300,000

Buy -
GK - Thomas Strakosha - £12,600,000
CB - Marcos Senesi - £17,100,000 or Benoît Badiashile - £25,200,000
LB - Júnior Firpo - £9,000,000 or Owen Wijndal - £15,750,000
DM - Teun Koopmeiners - £14,850,000
AM - Christoph Baumgartner - £19,800,000
LW/ RW - Cody Gakpo - £16,200,000 or Noa Lang - £18,000,000 or Calvin Stengs - £12,600,000
LW/ RW - Ryan Kent - £7,200,000
ST - Paul Onuachu - £15,300,000 or Nicolás González - £22,500,000
ST - Myron Boadu - £12,600,000
Between = £148,500,000 and £103,950,000.

07 Jun 2021 15:42:09
Great list, some overlap of names which I like and some names I will have to ‘internet scout’. Although if I was being picky we need another LB and RB and using £70M of our own money would be stretching it a bit.

Good fun.

09 Jun 2021 16:10:37
McCarthy - £5,400,000 or Forster - £3,600,000
Gunn - £2,700,000
Stephens - £4,050,000
Hoedt - £3,600,000
Valery - £4,050,000
Lemina - £9,000,000
Long - £1,350,000
Elyounoussi - £10,800,000

If we get half of this for any of these it will be the best business ever (but it's not going to happen) : Hoedt, Lemina, Long and Elyounoussi are probably all frees- especially the first three.

16 Jun 2021 09:20:30
Love that you all play football manager.

27 Jun 2021 16:11:42
Ronaldo left and right boot from 3 years ago
Put stick in heal and put shirt on it
Job done
Best in the world.

04 Jun 2021 15:59:18
Forgive me for not doing cartwheels over Everton announcement today that Walcott is being released. There probably is a place for Theo in our squad but a two year contract seems unnecessary - 12 months and see how we go. If he turned it down then good luck elsewhere. He will have a bit part role at best next season and if history is anything to go by, much of it will be spent on the bench or in the treatment room.
Unfortunately, most of our transfer news is dominated by potential outgoing players. Fortune favours the brave - let's get active in the market, starting with a goalkeeper!

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01 Jun 2021 21:04:46
Just seen that JWP not in the England 26 but players like Henderson who have not played for months are in, also Danny Ings did not even make the 33 man squad what on earth is the England manager thinking, he said all along he would pick players who were fit and on form, how he justifies this selection is beyond belief, no wonder England have not won anything since 1966 and we even needed home advantage and a Dodgy linesman to get that one done. The fact that Matt Letiss has so few caps says it all.

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01 Jun 2021 23:33:16
I agree with you Norfolk Saint about Ings - it’s a travesty he didn’t get the nod and yes it does open up old wounds about Le Tis who would have walked into any other international side including Brazil, Argentina, Italy you name it.
But, and it’s a big but, I think you’re looking at JWP through Saints tinted glasses. I agree it’s a joke giving Henderson a place but JWP would not get in my squad either. He would only just get a place in my Saints side to be honest. Take his dead ball ability away and he’s ordinary. He contributes nothing in the last third - I cannot remember him taking a player on and beating him. Take David Beckham as an example of a dead ball specialist - he could do everything JWP does with a free kick and could change the game in open play. It maybe an unfair comparison but I would pick Mount and Grealish in front of JWP all day long.
Ings though is a different argument and as I would have him as cover for Kane at the very least - England need an impact sub and Southgate was mad to overlook him.

03 Jun 2021 13:32:08
Ings is the more like for like Kane replacement. After he went off vs Austria, we went a bit long ball trying to hit Calvert-Lewis. Danny drops deep just like Kane and allows the other 2 forward players space (as in our goal) . Crazy decision.

03 Jun 2021 17:48:06
Ings, on his day, is better than DCL, Bamford who have had excellent seasons. I am shocked he wasn’t in the 33. Given the size of the squads, I maybe would’ve kept JWP in just for that off chance where we get a free kick in the 84th minute of the Quarter-Finals from 24 yards out. He’s the best in the country in that situation and given there are four right backs, I think one could be dropped for him on that off chance he could save the day.

18 May 2021 12:36:58
So Theo stays for two years. At least it's someone with passion, experience and a love for the club, and for £0 transfer fee.

Van Aanholt, although 30, is also available on a free transfer. Him, along with a junior full back to grow into the first team role, may be a good pairing for a couple of seasons.

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21 May 2021 09:38:08
Totally agree with Van Aanholt, but rumours say he’s off to Turkey.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15 May 2021 09:14:45
I agree with those saying investment is required. There is talent there but injury problems are amplified because the depth of senior replacements is thin. The younger players do need to be improved and given game time but it feels like a couple of key injuries will cause problems all the time.


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