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03 Jul 2022 21:08:09
Romeo Lavia from Man City deal done

Another 7 expected to be coming in
Liam Delap (Rory Delap's son), Joe Aribo and Levi Colwill should be 3 of them

Joe Shields also joining from city as head of recruitment

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05 Jul 2022 11:38:07
Good work thus far. Would still like a bit of experience added, but I understand the attraction of buying promising youth for good prices. Also needing goal scorers! We won’t get a 20 goal a season player, but I do like Dennis and think he would be excellent.

Instead, we need some developing strikers or goal scoring midfielders who will chip in to get us a total of 60-70 goals through the season.

29 Jun 2022 11:54:23
So. newsflash from Southampton FC to my email account with headline, "You're going to want to see this!"

New player being announced I hoped . no, the new Saints home shirt.

Let's put more effort into getting players wearing the shirt than redesigning a perfectly good red and white striped shirt with a pillar box down the middle.

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29 Jun 2022 20:09:32
What are you moaning about? We’re less than 3 weeks into the transfer window with two players signed, 22 million spent and at least another two who are joining imminently

Literally cannot please Southampton fans

29 Jun 2022 22:49:26
New shirt is pants!
Signings are pants too - 2 keepers and (another) young centre back. I can hardly contain my excitement! Before you say that the centre back comes from the Bundesliga, I would remind you that that's where Vestergaard came from. We are still not addressing the problem of no proven goal scorer. WE NEED A STRIKER WHO CAN SCORE IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE

29 Jun 2022 22:52:33
But what have we got for 22 million? Goalkeeper (x2) and a young centre back. Not going to keep us up, sorry.

30 Jun 2022 12:31:28
I think you're going to be very disappointed then Peter, a lot of the players we are linked with are being plucked straight from the big 6's youth academy's. This seems to be our transfer strategy.

I don't think we're going to get a striker "that can score in the Premier League" or at least a striker that's already been there and done that.

Spurs have just spent £50m on Richarilson, an experienced PL striker. But the most goals he's ever scored in a season is 13.
I don't think there aren't actually that many out and out proven PL strikers that will score 15+ goals a season. If there were they wouldn't come to Southampton.

Trust the board, trust the process. We're not a top 10 side, we're not a side that will get consistently get into Europe. We lucked out a few seasons ago under Keoman and I think that's because the quality of the squad was so much better than it is now. Look at what some of the players have gone onto achieve.

Fonte - Captain of Lille, went on to win the French League at 36
VVD - Regarding as the best CB in the world
Alderweireld - consistently helped Spurs finish in the top 4
Davis - Still playing at Rangers who got to the Europa league final
Tadic - He's putting up ridiculous numbers in Holland and he's helped Ajax into the latter stages onto the CL.
Mane - he's won everything with Liverpool and AFCON.

Also, these players weren't household names when we signed them, they became who they are today through what they did and achieved during their time at Southampton. So don't write off the board and new players before they've even kicked a ball because we don't know what they could achieve or accomplish yet. We're not a team that can go out and easily get experienced PL players.

30 Jun 2022 12:53:19
Sainty - it’s not moaning - it’s stating the obvious and as a fan for 50 years I’m entitled to my opinion as indeed you are. We have look and few of an average championship squad as I’ve said and the £22M we’ve spent will not make much difference to the quality of the squad this year.
As has been expressed by many others who are equally entitled to their opinion - we have little up front - who’s going to score the goals we will need to stay up. Trust the Board - let’s see eh?!

30 Jun 2022 20:28:11
This is a *new* board, it’s their first summer and so far they’ve been proactive, revamping the coaching staff and buying (so far) two of the most highly rated youth players in Europe with another two lined up. Without btw, selling any of our current players first

Last season the quality of the squad wasn’t the issue - proven by the fact that between December and March we were the most in form team besides city, losing just twice. The issue was squad depth - injuries and fatigue caught up and cost us

Yes it would be lovely to buy a proven 10/15/20 goal a season striker but as saintjay pointed out transfer fee wise that’s not realistic in the current market and as one of the ed’s pointed out before the club are very close to their financial fair play limits so even if they had £50+ million to blow on a striker they couldn’t offer them the wages they’d want anyway

01 Jul 2022 23:51:01
I see it differently to you Sainty although I accept that your point about the Board being new is valid.
However, I think the lack of quality and depth was a problem - each season our starting eleven gets weaker. We no longer have anyone who is world class like Mane, VVD - we hardly have anyone of true international class ( I wouldn’t count S Armstrong or McAdams as quality internationals). JWP and KWP are fringe internationals.
So I ask you Sainty - how many of our players would get starting places in the top 17 sides last season?
Probably three if you count Livramento who is potentially a top player.
The trouble is, if we are to compete we MUST invest in goals, one way or the other. It may mean making some difficult choices but we need to get rid of the likes of Walcott and one or two others to reduce the wage bill so we can attract players.
We have plenty of excuses/reasons as to why we are going to struggle but if we don’t change things we will start the new season as we finished the last. In our last 7 or 8 games we picked up just 5 points wasn’t it?

03 Jul 2022 07:04:52
SURPRISE- The Season may potentially be shaping up With Light At The End Of The Tunnel.A couple of promising class young players signed with a few more in the pipeline and especially the recruitment of much needed speciality Coaching Staff.We will probably be the Youngest Team In The League - but that’s all good (when bedded in)I would prefer to see talented Young Players (win,lose or draw) with ambition giving 100%each time rather than a few ‘Prima-Donnas’ skilled at “Disappearing”for long periods during a game-Plus Purchase Prices and wages expenditure would be considerably less.Conquer the previous history of selection problems (which now look promising)and we could set a prescedent and become the Envy of the League with future Player windfalls almost guarenteed.We need to include 2/3 Sharp Shooters!Please note I haven’t criticised Ralph Once!

03 Jul 2022 11:05:32
In the words of Alan Hanson, “you win nothing with youngsters” so let’s hope lightning strikes twice!
Love your optimism Johnnyst - here’s to the class of 22!
And well done for not knocking Ralph - he hasn’t put a foot wrong all week!

04 Jul 2022 03:18:32
Heh Millertime-appreciate your observation.Perhaps he’s taken a short holiday!

25 Jun 2022 15:29:48
Any updates on svanberg it looked like it was only a matter of time before we got him but it seems to have gone very quiet

{Ed002's Note - Still in hand.}

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26 Jun 2022 11:17:06
Some say we have no interest which would seem strange with the price and potential he has

30 Jun 2022 13:36:26
We've agreed terms with the plate apparently. Just a case of sorting out his price with his club. It's gone quiet but I hope we can get him as he looks very useful.

23 Jun 2022 17:10:02
Hi Ed's,

Any update on the following players:

Max Cornet
Mattias Svanberg
Sasa Kalajdzic
Neco Williams
Chris Richards
Emmanuel Dennis
Lewis o'brien

All been linked with saints this summer, anything you know would be great.
Thanks as always for sharing your knowledge


{Ed002's Note - Maxwel Cornet (LW/F) Spurs were interested in using Cornet as a left wing back - something Antonio Conte has regularly done successfully in the past. He is one of three options identified to replace Reguilon but Perisic will move instead. There will be interest from elsewhere, including Newcastle, and a fixed fee of €20M will bring interest from France.
Mattias Svanberg (CM) Milan and Inter are considering an offer but Conte would like him at Spurs and Southampton offer him a place as a starter.
Sasa Kalajdzic (S) Stuttgart will push for him to sign a new contract. Agent has offered him to Roma and Spurs - as they did last summer to Chelsea and Crystal Palace. Bayern Munich are keen on the player but have a preferred target. The same is true of Borussia Dortmund.
Neco Williams (RB) Interest has been shown by Fulham and it is clear that he has not clear future path at Liverpool and wants to move on. As long as the price asked is reasonable then perhaps the summer will see him move on. Southampton opted for another last summer and whist Burnley has shown interest the player will be looking out for other options now relegated. Nottingham Forest offer a wildcard option. Price again will be everything and if not over-priced he should get a move.
Emmanuel Dennis (S) He only joined recently and they would not be looking to sell as they regroup in the Championship. Caught by the West Ham scattergun - not the solution. Everton may show an interest.
Lewis O'Brien (CM) Leeds and West Ham have spoken with his agent.
Chris Richards (CB/RB) A number of sides, including Southampton, Leeds and Crystal Palace scouted at him whilst on loan at Hoffenheim. Crystal Palace have discussed a transfer with his agent but remain concerned he may not obtain a Work Permit.

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23 Jun 2022 20:51:26
Cheers Ed002 much appreciated. Doesn’t sound like we’re close with any of these then? Most disappointed with cornet and o’brien as I feel like they would instantly improve our side and really are not that much money. Do both have release clauses? Swear “the athletic” reported that they did? Sam

{Ed002's Note - It is very unusual to have release clauses in England.}

22 Jun 2022 16:58:03
Well ABK and Bazunu look excellent signings for a combined outlay of about £22m thus far and I think bar a back-up fullback due to Tino's injury, that's us settled in the defensive department.

Expecting one midfielder and hopefully two attackers, which would bring our incomings to six, and then move on a few fringe players if possible.

Along with the coaching changes, so far, so good in my opinion.

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25 Jun 2022 10:13:04
I make you right SaintGGsy….
There’s a desperate lack of goals in our team and that’s a major worry. I don’t think our midfield is much of an attaching force either - pedestrian pace and too cautious with the possible exception of Stuart Armstrong. Hopefully Tella will kick on this season.
More so than ever before, I have no real idea what the strongest starting eleven is. Every time I pencil in the names, it looks like an average championship side

21 Jun 2022 08:06:08
We seem to be linked with everyman and his dog at present but bar 2 keepers it seems quiet.

Any info on new transfers that potentially could happen?

{Ed002's Note - The club have been talking with agents and other clubs over a number of players.}

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10 Jun 2022 00:24:39
Any more information on Southamptons interest in Phil Jones from Manchester United? Although bad luck with injuries in the last few years he is a great player in my opinion and could do well beside salisu.

{Ed002's Note - I am not aware of an approach by Southampton but they need to look elsewhere after losing out on Aguerd.

Phil Jones (CB) was an option for Burnley last summer but James Tarkowski stayed, now relegated they will have moved on. Would likely need to drop down to the Championship to find a club where he would start although Fulham are open to a discussion with the player. Bordeaux offered an opportunity - rejected by the player.}

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10 Jun 2022 15:14:45
Wow can’t believe trying to sign long for another year surely we could spend the wages on someone worth spending on

08 Jun 2022 17:58:35
Heard on the grapevine that Minamino could come back to Saints for approximately £15M

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08 Jun 2022 20:24:15
Would be happy with that, but what has he done at Liverpool to garner a rise in fee from £7m to £15m for a now 27-year old? Would pay £8-10m max

09 Jun 2022 18:34:12
Would be a dreadful signing. We gave him a proper test run and it didn’t end well. We need more goals from midfield to ease the pressure on our strikers and he just isn’t the solution.

29 Jun 2022 22:50:40
Personally, I was relieved to hear that Monaco wanted him.

01 Jun 2022 15:43:57
Any juicy Saints rumours for us Ed’s?

Personally I’d love Nick Pope and Tarkowski but I’m a realistic Saints fan so not expecting a major overhaul or spend despite us being desperate for 4 or 5 players minimum

{Ed002's Note - Pope is possible. I am not aware of interest in Tarkowski.
Players who I understand have been considered:
The wage issue needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency or the club can expect FFP sanctions.

Nick Pope (G) Southampton are very keen.
Sam Johnstone (G) Spurs, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers in the summer.
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 perhaps another hostage being held by Manchester United. Southampton may offer an unattractive solution.
Willy Caballero (G) Short-term solution.
Bartlomiej Dragowski (G) Has asked to leave Fiorentina for more game time. Looked at by WHU as an option if Areola does not sign with Southampton providing an option.
Ryan Fredericks (RB) Cheap 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.
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. West Ham should be able to complete the deal.
James Garner (DM) Could push to leave as their is no future mapped out. Southamton are a potential option as they look to competition for Oriol Romeu. If Leeds were to lose Kalvin Phillips, they become an option.
Ibrahim Sangare (DM) Newcastle are keen on the player and the interest of both Leicester and Southampton remains. The player has said that he does not wish to return to France and wants a move to England. Has been watched by a number of other PL sides including Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea who sent an ex-player to take a look at him with two scouts. PSV have no intention of selling and will work hard to avoid a sale. Won't move to Saints.
Harry Winks (DM/CM) Spurs told interested sides last summer that he was not for sale but if the player were to ask to leave the coach would be supportive of that. Aston Villa moved on from Pape Sarr and made an enquiry about his availability - that interest may remain. If West Ham were to sell Rice they might offer an option - as perhaps Manchester United might as a possible Matic replacement. Leicester might also be a possible destination if they were to lose Ndidi, but they have a preferred target in mind. Southampton and Crystal Palace have declared an interest. He would provide an interesting option for Everton but they would need departures first. Offered to Leeds. Sevilla offer a more exotic option.
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. Wildcard options in London with Brentford and Crystal Palace.
Ainsley Maitland-Niles (RM/RWB) looking for more playing time. Arsenal will try to keep him. Roma will not take up their option. Southampton and Newcastle may offer options.
Angelo Fulgini (CM/AM) Feyenoord had an offer rejected last summer. Southampton and Everton have looked at the player. Seems unlikely.
Keane Lewis-Potter (LW) Hull youngster who has attracted scouts from Southampton, Leicester and West Ham.
Ludovic Blas (AM/RW) Versatile attacking player having a good season at Nantes and attracting scouts from English sides such as Watford and Southampton.
Filip Djuricic (AM/LW) Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk (can be discounted) have a declared interest. Sassuolo will sell if they gat a €12M offer. Southampton had a bid rejected after he spent time on loan at the club in 2015. Won't happen.
Ritsu Doan (AM/RW) PSV are willing to let the player leave having identified an upgrade to him. Shakhtar Donetsk (can be discounted) 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, Spurs and Chelsea have been watching him but he may be best served staying in Ligue 1 for a while longer. Will move to Marseille.
Taiwo Awoniyi (S) Newcastle has an interest. Of interest to Southampton and Newcastle. aught by the WHU scattergun as well. Again, something may be possible for Newcastle.
Michy Batshuayi (S) Everton, Southampton and Leeds offer options.
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.
Armando Broja (F) Southampton want a permanent transfer and are aware that other clubs have approached Chelsea. Napoli have also asked Chelsea for talks. Won't be joining Saints.

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04 Jun 2022 06:51:51
Great work Ed, lots of interesting players you've mentioned here.

Couple of questions, what do you mean by wages need to be looked at as a matter of urgency? Is our wage bill much higher than it needs to be?

Are there any potential outgoings for any of our players? I've seen rumours about the club being willing to sell some players.

{Ed002's Note -
(a) A number of clubs have wages running well above the recommended maximum of 70% of turnover - Southampton is one.
Fraser Forster (G) Moved to Spurs. Out of contract - free agent.
Willy Caballero (G) Out of contract - free agent.
Alex McCarthy (G) Out of contract - free agent. Could extend another year.
Harry Lewis (G) Out of contract - free agent - moving to Bradford City.
Jack Stephens (CB) Out of contract - free agent.
James Ward-Prowse (CM) Spurs made an approach to Southampton and were told he is not for sale, although they remain interested. Newcastle have a declared interest but are not viable. If the player has ambitions the club are unable to meet, they might let him leave for a (very) significant fee. Not first choice for Manchester United or Manchester City but both could be interested.
Mohamed Elyounoussi (LW/AM) Leicester has a declared interest. Southampton will look for an extension.
Theo Walcott (W) Could be made available. MLS perhaps.
Shane Long (S) Out of contract - free agent.}

23 May 2022 17:14:12
And another to leave without mentioning Ralph .
Broja has posted a great message on Instagram, thanking the fans and players .


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25 May 2022 21:42:04
He was rubbish for the last 9 games tapped up? Or thought he’d done enough? Time will tell should’ve dropped him earlier if he couldn’t be arsed that’s the trouble with loans. He won’t score 15 next year wherever he is. Would rather we played Armstrong who will still come good once he wasn’t staying.


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