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08 Jul 2019 07:38:16
Hi Eds, just noticed in the site that in the first team list there is no place for Carrillo and Hoedt. They must be moving away? Any fresh info about their transfers? I also assume Austin, Lemina, Stephens, Gallagher and either McCarthy or Forster free to leave, if the right offer comes. Any info about them?

{Ed002's Note - My notes say that the following are available:
Fraser Forster (G)
Cedric Soares (RB)
Wesley Hoedt (CB)
Steven Davis (CM)
Sofiane Boufal (LW)
Guido Carrillo (S)

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08 Jul 2019 10:58:15
Davis has gone to ranger's permanently ed.

{Ed002's Note - Right.}

08 Jul 2019 12:13:29
steven davis is a rangers player.

08 Jul 2019 13:19:21
Thanks, Eds. Sees like Lemina as well as he has been left out from trip to Austria.

08 Jul 2019 21:14:49
Apparently Lemina has told Saints that he wants to leave.

06 Jul 2019 19:23:12
I've just read on SSN that Leeds have accepted a bid for Pontus Jansson from an un-named Premiership Team. Saints were looking at him last year and again in January - Could it be us? Reckon he would be an excellent addition. What do you guys think?

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06 Jul 2019 22:44:46
Reports that he's either going to Sheffield united or Brentford. Haven't heard any rumours about us being in for him.

05 Jul 2019 17:36:47
Hi ed . any truth in the rumours that saints are in talks with hull over the signing of Jarrod Bowen .

{Ed002's Note - I don't know Mark.}

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05 Jul 2019 21:16:31
Ok cheers . just that he has been backed in to 54 to join saints with bookies.

05 Jul 2019 22:06:28
He's also been linked to Spurs, Arsenal and Burnley.

06 Jul 2019 04:29:04
I think until a load of players leave most of our efforts will be concentrated on finding a new CB instead of another winger or forward, for now.

If/ once we manage to sell boufal, Carrillo, clasie etc it'll free up some funds and make space in the squad. We still have too many players as it stands. We can't just add more.

Got a winger, got a striker, centre back is next on the list.

06 Jul 2019 13:36:09
Agreed with MilkySaint, from reports it seems that Gallagher is close to Blackburn, Austin, McCarthy and Stephens are of interest to Aston Villa, and Carrillo could return to Madrid with Getafe or Legánes.
Boufal still has a holiday to take before returning to the squad but will probably leave shortly.

It seems Clasie, Reed, Hoedt and Cédric will either be reintegrated into the squad or at least reassessed this preseason. I can't see Forster leaving anytime soon.

I expect at least 2 or 3 sales before another comes in.

07 Jul 2019 08:02:29
I doubt Hoedt and Cedric will be reintegrated as it was Hassenhutl himself who sanctioned their loan moves.

07 Jul 2019 10:21:35
I hope not Vick!

07 Jul 2019 11:39:24
I think that Cedric did OK during his time with us but he'd obviously only be back up to Valery now so best if we can move him on. As for Hoedt, I think that he was against the trade descriptions act, touted as a defender but he couldn't defend so get him out ASAP. Gallagher and Stephens were never quite good enough for the Prem in my opinion. Carillo wasn't given a chance really but he doesn't look to be the sort of player that Ralph wants and although Boufal has undoubted skills his attitude let's him down but who knows, he may have grown up a bit and do the business for Ralph. I keep hearing rumours of offers for Clasie so I don't know what's happening there. Austin should go, McCarthy has admitted that he's open to a move and I'm sorry to say that I think that Forster is content to just sit on the bench and pocket his salary. We definitely still need a central defender that can command and marshal the defence and I feel that will be all the players in for this summer.

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.}

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

03 Jul 2019 11:36:16

I'm not sure I believe this one. We currently have so many strikers on the books. Would be great if it was true though. Do Edd's have any info? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Not as far as I know Ben.}

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03 Jul 2019 16:26:51
Hi guys

I have been watching events at Sfc with great excitement and a real sense of anticipation for the coming season with Che Adams and Djenepo and I respect eds comments 're Andre Silva but with Austin going and if there is genuine interest in Carillo then maybe this rumour has validity. I have been really impressed with what is happening at Sfc with a great manager and support team and backing by the owner I can genuinely say I am really looking forward to this season which is the first. I hope season ticket sales are going well, let's pack St Mary's and turn it back in the fortress that it once was. coys!

04 Jul 2019 02:14:03
I think we would have to offload Austin, Carillo and Gallagher as well as probably sending Obafemi on loan to a championship club before we looked at another striker. Much more likely that Ralph is looking at Obafemi and Long as back up to Adams and Ings along with using Redmond in that forward role on occasions.

04 Jul 2019 10:13:31
Agree withj all the above guys. Thanks Ed002 (Thumbs up)

01 Jul 2019 15:19:39
Adams signs!

Great News.

Now for two defenders!

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01 Jul 2019 15:29:35
Glad that it's happened at last. Now need to strengthen defence and clear a few out and I think we could have a good season ahead.

01 Jul 2019 15:12:13
Targett gone for £14m, Che in for £17m - Villa will be doubly happy. That's two attackers in! 2! We might even get another one!

We're definitely vulnerable at the back still, would like two signings there - reports Lemina may be off so there could be plenty of room for further investment.

Ralph also having his touch on the board restructuring - loving our pre season work already.

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29 Jun 2019 18:52:11
Ralph is making his mark, pleased that he can shape the team to play the style of football that we all love to see.
We still have to reduce the periferal players
Gallagher (which is a shame)
Shane Long
Charlie Austin
Boufal (we should keep)

Once we clear out the above buy in three more players
Centre Back, Stephens is shaky but could come back hopefully
Any two other plays Mooy and Lookman would do me!

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29 Jun 2019 21:13:30
Shane long surely worth keeping. Just let him go on a free next summer. We know what he offers and I'm happy to have him as back up for ings and (hopefully) Adams.

Apparently Matty targett off to villa. That really is a shame. Stephens has to go for me. He's worse than hoedt! Championship level AT BEST.

Would love to see boufal come back with a vastly improved attitude, application and end product and be able to jump in with Ralph's philosophy. he'd be a world if he did. can't see it happening myself though.

Not a fan of mooy and not sure about Why lookman doesn't play more. Can any of the eds (001, 002, 025?) answer that?

{Ed002's Note - Everton are lopsided and that results in Everton having some odd line ups.}

29 Jun 2019 21:45:13
A bit vague, but I think I know what you're saying. Cheers ed.

30 Jun 2019 14:53:45
Wouldn't mind keeping Shane for one last season and Boufal provided that his attitude has improved.

20 Jun 2019 10:30:09
I'm hearing rumours of Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan interested in Bertrand. Does anyone know the truth behind this?

Regarding, Inter Milan, does anyone know if they're interested in signing Cedric from us, following his loan. With Vanheusden coming the other way?

{Ed002's Note - Ryan Bertrand (LB) would be sat on the bench at Atletico which other options are not keen on - but it is possible. Would be sat on the bench at Inter as an Ansaldi replacement - seen as an option to Kolarov. Both seem unlikely and are the result of clubs listing out options rather than declaring an interest at this time. Cedic is of no interest to Inter.}

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26 Jun 2019 14:34:43
Getting a bit frustrated with this che Adams situation what's the chances tieing up this deal ed?

{Ed002's Note - I have no way to quantify the chances. There is no race and Southampton would like the deal completed.}

27 Jun 2019 10:02:59
Thanks Ed, I know us Saints fans are impatient but it's because we have bought so badly in previous years! Che seems the player we want but I am hearing we have moved onto a Nigerian striker from Italy, +Do you know if this is true?


{Ed002's Note - Would you have a name and I will try and answer.}

27 Jun 2019 18:47:22
David okereke.

{Ed002's Note - Thanks - the notes say: David Okereke (S) Brugge have an offer on the table and are discussing details for the transfer of Okereke from Spezia Calcio as a Wesley Moraes replacement. Interest was shown by Crystal Palace but they stepped back as it was seen as unlikely he would be able to obtain a Work Permit unless they paid significantly over the odds for him.}

28 Jun 2019 10:24:02
Good info ed.
I'd much rather we get Adams in. hope it goes through. I'd like to keep a stronger english/ British contingent.

Ed do you have any details on maehle of genk? (Or gent. One of the two)

Saw you post on the Everton page that we had major interest. Are we close to making an offer or even in discussions with his club?

{Ed002's Note - It is as I explained. Southampton have spoken with Genk in January and again a while back.}

28 Jun 2019 12:25:03
Thanks. Hopefully some progress soon.

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.}

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