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08 Jun 2019 04:28:33
Djenepo has passed his medical, plus Saints still negotiating terms with Birmingham City for Adams is what's reported recently.

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07 Jun 2019 09:52:18
Reading this morning that Saints have agreed a £13.5m deal to sign Nigerian striker David Okereke from Serie B side Spezia (Although, I will add this comes from The Sun so may be way off the mark! )

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07 Jun 2019 11:12:24
Thanks SaintBen1. However I have seen this guy linked with Derby, palace, wesh ham, clubs in France and Belgium. Not saying the Sun would print something that isn't true of course.

07 Jun 2019 13:25:05
Adam Blackmore has said on his twitter that saints have made no contact but che Adams is in talks.

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.}

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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.

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.}

05 Jun 2019 10:03:02
Sky Sports reporting a deal is done for Djenepo around £12-14m - seeing as £20m was being reported, that's an outstanding bit of business and I'm ecstatic about that purchase. Hopefully another Mane diamond in the rough find.

One down, three to go! COYS.

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05 Jun 2019 13:21:31
Looks a promising signing, let's hope he hits the ground running ;) now please go sign Che Adams! COYR!

05 Jun 2019 14:15:57
Adams and Djenepo in, Austin, Gallagher, Boufal, and Elyounessi out.
Ings, Redmond, Adams, Long, Djenepo, Sims, Obafemi. Good enough options for me, lots of pace in that.

Get rid of Forster, one of Hoedt or Stephens, one of Targett or McQueen, Cedric, Clasie, one of Lemina or Reed, and bring in a CB and RB and I consider it a positive window. Bonus points if we can get that Polish goalkeeper in. Maybe Bednarek can give him a chat?

05 Jun 2019 14:47:42
What about our record signing in Carrillo Vick?

05 Jun 2019 15:18:12
No need to get rid of targett. He allows us to play Bertrand at cb if needs be and is very good cover as well as his long term replacement.
Think hoedt AND Stephens. Don't see the point in signing another keeper if McCarthy or forster.

05 Jun 2019 15:19:26
According to the Birmingham Mail, we've had an £8m bid rejected for Adams.

05 Jun 2019 15:32:39
I'm seriously off the fence on Carillo. He seems like a striker who plays good given the service ala Monaco but he played under MP2 and barely featured under Hughes. This season again he played for MP2 and even then his record isn't that good. He seems like a proper target man and maybe hasn't settled in England properly. I think Ralph doesn't mind a strong player in the air (Poulsen at RBL) but he really needs players committed to the high energy pressing and doing it at an above average tempo and speed of play. Which is why despite their abilities, I have doubts over Carillo, Boufal, and Elyounessi. It's crystal clear that they each have more ability than Shane Long. But the reason's Shane stands more of a chance of staying than them are almost just as obvious. Jury's out for me, but if I had to consider the good of the club, I'd say he has to go. We do have seven players (if Adams/ Lookman pull through) vying for three spots anyway without him.

05 Jun 2019 16:12:18
MilkySaint agree with most of those. Though I think if we fail to secure a CB then one of Hoedt or Stephen stays for cover unless Ralph thinks Klarer or Jones is good enough to make the step up. I don't like the notion of selling Targett either but his departure isn't unlikely given Fulham's 'reported' strong interest and the fact that we'll have three left backs when Sam McQueen returns.

05 Jun 2019 19:37:17
True Vick. let's hope we get a CB then as neither of them are good enough! Lol

I'd put targett way ahead of McQueen. Unfortunate that he got such a bad injury at Boro. maybe another loan or sell him on.

06 Jun 2019 06:34:53
Eds, can you confirm Djanepo's move to Saints about to be done?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot answer questions about timing but there will be a need to obtain a Work Permit.}

04 Jun 2019 15:20:38
Hi all. Just a rumour I've heard, apparently saints are close to a deal with Liverpool for Harry Wilson for £21m. Has anybody else heard anything on this?

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04 Jun 2019 20:30:59
I can't see this happening. That's up with our our top transfers. Good player but a lot of money for his level.

05 Jun 2019 09:41:35
Decent player but I wouldn't want to pay £21M for him.

05 Jun 2019 11:52:37
I don’t think we have space for him in the team could see possibly Lookman Adams and a centre half then outs a go hoedt Austin boufal classie Reed Targett or McQueen Gallagher and possibly Lemina if the right bid came in. Although in his day Lemina is world class and would walk into any team when fit.

02 Jun 2019 01:12:50
Hi Ed’s. Lots of rumours going round that we are close to completing the signings of both dragowski and Djenepo. Can you clear the air as to how correct these rumours are?

{Ed002's Note - I would not want to comemnt on both but my notes say:
Bartlomiej Dragowski (G) Huddersfield looked to BD in January but he opted to move to Empoli on loan. Since then a number of clubs have looked at him including West Ham, Schalke, Roma, Southampton and Genoa, with Schalke and Southampton having spoken with Fiorentina.
Moussa Djenepo (LW) Standard Liege have confirmed the interest of Milan, RB Salzburg after being informed by his agent. Southampton will see him as a cheaper and younger option option to Andre Schurrle who has again been considered.}

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03 Jun 2019 09:41:18
Anything concrete about the aron mooy rumours ed?

{Ed002's Note - Aaron Mooy (CM) seen by Watford as first choice above Mady Camara; Newcastle as a Cairney alternative; seen by seen as too expensive by Norwich; West Ham want Ceballos or Vazquez and would be disappointed if they had to settle for Mooy; Wolves apparently considered him but an advisor did not see the value given his age and asking price; I am not aware of Southampton declaring any interest but Rogic and Aribo remain targets - but are looking unlikely.

03 Jun 2019 11:54:37
Not convinced we should be looking for a CM personally, unless we sell someone that is. Lemina's return and promise at the end of the season would make him feel like a new signing given that he wasn't involved in any of the improvement we showed last season, while Slattery seems ready to get more involved. That'd give us Ward-Prowse, Hojbjerg, Lemina, Romeu, Armstrong and Slattery as main contenders for 2/ 3 positions.

If the right holding midfielder was available, that can do Romeu's defensive job while providing a bit more passing/ creativity in attack/ build up, then that'd be the one that can improve us.

03 Jun 2019 12:01:37
Cheers ed ta 😊.

03 Jun 2019 21:10:08
Can’t see any ins till some outs need a striker che adams👍 And possibly a centre half although bednarek and vestergard look first choice with Bertrand as back up in left side. Everyone fit and in form can see 7-8 out and just 2-3 in.

26 May 2019 14:35:07
Hi again guys,

I read that RH is looking at Boufal again himself soon and bearing in mind RH and his staff's coaching abilities, I struggle with this concept of simply writing off expensive players like Carillo, Hoedt, Forster or players falling out of favour with managers, when Hoedt came from Lazio he had been a regular, so how do players become crap in another team? We all have our wish list of players we want to see but we have so many on loan who will be coming back that it surely has to make sense for RH to make a decision one way or another? Coyr.

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26 May 2019 16:11:19
The difference with hoedt is that RH has seen hoedt and didn't want him. Whether down to attitude or ability, he dropped instantly and let him go out on loan so hoedt won't be coming back in to the team at all.
Carrillo just isn't a RH Type of striker.
Again with forster, RH has seen him train for 6 months. He knows if he wants him or not. Gunn is our number 1 so forster either stays as a number 2 keeper with McCarthy sold, or vice versa.
Boufal is in with a shot, but he will need to have changed his whole attitude and work rate to stay on and get a game.

26 May 2019 18:38:23
Thanks milky

Regards vs.

28 May 2019 11:08:10
After watching how Ralph has improved JWP and Redmond I'd like to see if he can get Boufal playing to his full potential. I agree with you MilkySaint that a lot of Boufals problem is his attitude but I believe that Ralph can get him working for the team. There's no doubting his ability. He just needs to knuckle down and show that he can be a team player. I really don't want to see Hoedt back. He was an absolute liability and Carillo just didn't seem interested. I'm not sure that either Forster or McCarthy will be happy sitting on the bench so I think they could both go if we could get a decent offer for them although I'm not sure who we could bring in as backup to Gunn.

29 May 2019 11:21:58
Boufal back in elmo out on loan.

01 Jun 2019 22:38:15
@teejaysaint Allegedly we're close to signing Fiorentina's Dragowski; who made a record-breaking 17 saves in a match against Atalanta (Serie A) .

02 Jun 2019 16:01:50
Be good to have Gunn and Dragowski pushing each other for the number 1 jersey. Hopefully we could then get a decent amount for Forster and McCarthy. Still need a good central defender, a striker and a speedy winger. Also cover at right back and ship out the deadwood.

24 May 2019 14:47:19
not sure how many of you knew this already but Martyn Glover is set to take over as Head scout on June 1st. Signed a contract in April but has to wait for his Everton contract to run out.

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17 May 2019 23:37:59
Heard a few reports from some contacts 'in the know' regarding some growing noise around Standard Liege's Moussa Djenepo and Ademola Lookman - both pacey versatile wingers who would each cost about £20m.

Apparently movement has already begun and we could see a firm offer or even a deal being struck in the next few weeks for one of them - snapping up both is highly unlikely and Hasenhuttl would prefer Djenepo if only one were acquired.

At least we're sounding out the right areas needed for improvement if this if accurate - Adams, Maehle and a CB and I'm happy.

Also just read some reports from Liverpool that Lallana could be heading back our way? Not sure how I feel about that - 31 now and has done little in recent years due to injury - the price he'd cost I'm not sure would be good business on our part.

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18 May 2019 14:12:23
No to Lallana. Doesn't fit our age policy, and bar Ings I don't think we take former players back. In a playing capacity, I mean. Djenepo rumours seem more realistic and reasonable than the Augustin and Mitrovic ones. I'd like him and Adams to join if all five of Boufal, Elyounessi, Austin, Carrilo, and Gallagher leave. Having Redmond, Sims, Adams, Ings, Obafemi, either Djenepo or Lookman, and Long to battle out for the forward slots look good enough for me. I read that we're also looking at Evan N'dicka (center back) of frankfurt although not sure how accurate that is. And the media says we're targeting either Maehle or Ranger's Tavernier for the right back slot as well.

18 May 2019 15:15:47
Would love the N’Dicka rumours to come to fruition, and happy with that potential front line. If we give Boufal another go and bring in one of those wingers, plus Adams and one of those two right backs for around £60m, I’d be delighted.

14 May 2019 12:10:59
Morning eds

Whenever you're ready to or have sufficient information would you be able to tell us of interest in our players. including the ones that are already out on loan, the ones that we are hoping to shift and the players that we wish to keep but may have alerted other clubs with their decent/ improved form. please?

Many thanks.

{Ed002's Note - I don't think there is anything new just yet.}

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14 May 2019 16:56:14
Early days I guess. Thanks anyway! Hope you get some downtime before silly season start! Lol.


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