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04 Aug 2021 23:30:25
Not surprised Ings has gone he looked like he didn't believe in Ralph's system any more, however with less than 10 days to the start of the season who will fill his place, we need a proven premiership goalscorer and that won't come cheap. maybe an old warhorse like Costa or Giroud come be a short term answer but at the moment I think things are looking bleak.

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05 Aug 2021 04:24:59
A change of mind - Perhaps Danny Ings is not that Judas who traded his Hometown Club for a few extra bags of Silver but a compassionate guy who appreciated many months of nursemaiding to keep him fit by SFC physio staff and realising his career was fast approaching twilight time has shown his unwavering affection by hoodwinking Aston Villa into donating 30 million pounds to SFC coffers in an attempt to preserve his Hometown Club status in the Premier League. THANKS FOR EVERYTHING DANNY!

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.

05 Aug 2021 13:32:59
Would be really happy with Abraham just think may be out of our price range.

04 Aug 2021 19:49:25
Well Danny Ings has gone. Perhaps he knows he can't last the pace and got what he can while he can. Don't think he looked right at the end of last season so perhaps £25m can be put to good use.

If Grealish is worth £100m then Ward Prowse is worth £75m and not a penny less

He is our Talisman . Ings never was.

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04 Aug 2021 23:01:18
Gutted he's gone and really hope they use the money to replace him.

02 Aug 2021 23:45:02
Apparently Villa have put in a second offer for Ward Prowse and Maureen wants Delaney at Roma.

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04 Aug 2021 03:46:17
Saints are definitely following. the right path with the acquisition of Chelsea young duo plus future trialists. Accepting of wages without rocking the boat and finding a few of our own (we could have a great side in 2/ 3. Yrs) . We still need the quality in to keep us in the Premiership. A capable young keeper a MUST. (Gunns exit may prove a mistake) . Ings must only be selected according to performances (at the moment he deserves the bench) remove his improved offer from the table (and the same for Vestergaard) . JWP has been exemplary for our Club and deserves every opportunity available to him but he is not irreplaceable if necessary. Keep On Marching!

04 Aug 2021 10:01:03
Like to see Maitland-Niles come in as MC cover. Any ideas what sort of £££ are Arsenal asking?

04 Aug 2021 10:05:20
£15m ish I believe. We’d need to sell someone to buy him I think.

04 Aug 2021 10:28:56
If Delaney is £9m, AMN £15m and we sell JWP for £40m, there’s another probably £12m (considering wages) - which will be Armstrong less Obafemi. Those 3 for JWP I think would be excellent work.

04 Aug 2021 11:13:17
I hope JWP stays. He was so close to the England squad for the Euros and I think he will replace Henderson for the World Cup. His stock will grow and grow. We just need some MC cover. Delaney is a good shout but he’s 29. I would prefer a younger option. If we could get AMN for around £10m that will do….

04 Aug 2021 11:27:01
If not AMN then Winks please.

01 Aug 2021 23:06:22
Was told Williams was a done deal, it's now a no go. Tino Livramento is a go though, should join within the next few days, very highly rated at Chelsea, be great to get this one over the line.

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01 Aug 2021 23:30:08
Fingers crossed on this one. FB cover in both sides…. nice!

02 Aug 2021 11:17:55
20% sell on fee to Chelsea, £25m buy back clause for Chelsea, 5 year contract! Let’s hope we can find a decent backup LB.

02 Aug 2021 12:01:48
Happy with that, apparently he can cover both sides and after what Ralph’s said I think that’s it for full backs now. Apparently two senior and two youth players is enough. He also said he didn’t want/ need any new forwards so that might be it now. For the love if god I hope not. Please get Delaney if we can.

02 Aug 2021 12:26:41
I would still like to see Delaney and Lookman come in although it seems like Lookman may be going to Burnley or Watford. How about going back to Chelsea and trying to get Loftus-Cheek. I think that Ralph could get the best out of him.

02 Aug 2021 12:29:02
5m fee instead of a 2m loan fee for williams absolute no brainer very highly rated one for the future and cover for now.

02 Aug 2021 14:11:41
I heard that they were looking for offers around £10-£12m for Williams.

02 Aug 2021 15:51:37
SaintGGsy - that’s it for transfers? I have that feeling too (hope I’m wrong) . He now has cover at CB and FB with the boys from Chelsea, MC to be covered by Diallo and Armstrong. Forward line looking full too with 4 from; Ings, Adams, Walcott, Redmond, Obefemi, (Armstrong) and Tella. What worries me is that is nearly the same team as last season. A little bit of quality would be nice - especially at GK.

02 Aug 2021 15:52:54
I can only see us buying again if someone leaves - Ings, Vestergaard or JWP.

02 Aug 2021 16:12:47
I wonder if Livramento will start and KWP takes a more forward role.

02 Aug 2021 17:27:00
It seems that way Manny but we often pop up with a deal 3 hours after the deadline. I am fairly happy with the defence now, so much so I think our strongest formation is probably 5-2-3.

Perraud at leftwing back, Bednarek Vestergaard Salisu, KWP on the right - with Livramento, Stephens, Simeu and I wouldn’t mind Djenepo covering as a WING back as much. JWP and Romeu with Diallo back up then we have Djenepo, Adams, Armstrong, Walcott, Redmond, Tella wide, Ings up top - or Adams.

GK still poor but that won’t change, hopefully next season. Midfield is fine but light - I would just love love love Delaney.

Up front the A. Armstrong rumours won’t die, latest is apparently Obafemi +12m which is probably several million high but I think we need a goal scorer as Ings will get injured so we will see.

02 Aug 2021 17:29:30
Apparently TeeJay RLC’S attitude sucks which is why no one has come in for him, similar with Ntcham who is now on a free. Definitely has potential but not paying any good money on another risk after we just got rid of Lemina.

Lookman would be great but shows how far we’ve fallen if Burnley beat us to him. Still need another attacker for certain, hopefully Ralph sees that or maybe a ST has to isolate in late August and so he has to go out and get someone as cover.

02 Aug 2021 21:02:42
I see your point SaintGGsy about not wanting another player with a bad attitude. I just thought that at his age he might now be ready to settle down and let his footballing ability show. I remember watching him play his debut for England and thought he was going to be a top player.

03 Aug 2021 08:44:57
Yeah I wouldn’t mind him, but don’t want to be paying too much money so a loan with an option might be a route to take again.

03 Aug 2021 19:23:35
I’ve seen Joey Veerman of Heerenveen linked with Rangers for between £4m - £8m. Personally think he’d be a great backup for us. I’d like to see us move either Long or Obafemi on and get someone else in, neither of them are Premier League quality. I don’t see why we’d need another CB with Stephens still here and Simeu coming into the club. Think another option on the wing would be nice should Elyounoussi leave. Would love to see us go for Ryan Kent but think he may be a little too pricey. Delaney would be great if we can get him.

04 Aug 2021 17:01:36
Are we still looking for a LB? No3 shirt still unallocated and I read somewhere that Tino has only played on the left once in his career.

30 Jul 2021 09:50:07
Thinking of our LB issue and with Man Utd's Williams looking out of sight - what about Sessegnon from Spurs? Or is he just another LW conversion like Djenepo?

{Ed002's Note - Southampton have already signed Ryan Bertrand's replacement.}

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30 Jul 2021 15:24:41
But Ralph still after a LB back, hence the Djenepo experiment. I wouldn’t want to risk him in a PL game.

29 Jul 2021 11:31:46
Spurs apparently keen on Vestergaard for £25m. Snap their hand off.

I also know it isn't how we work but looking at the 'big six', apart from Kane there aren't really any out and out goal scoring centre forwards - Martial, Lacazette, Firmino, Jesus, Werner aren't exactly prolific.

I'm sure if we offered Ings around for £20-25m one of those teams would take him.

That's £50m in the bank. According to Semmens every penny goes towards transfers. That's four or five good quality players we could get in. GK, CB, FB, AM, ST.

Obviously pipe dreams but sounds like a decent plan on paper. And time, as ever, is running out this window for the club.

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29 Jul 2021 12:22:23
I agree that if Vestegaard and Ings want out and we can get £25m for each of them it makes sense to move them on however your next bit where you say about bringing in 5 players with that money doesn't really add up. That only allows an average of £10m per player which I don't think would get us anyone better than we already have in any of the positions you state. If there were players available in any of those positions for £10m that are good enough to come in and improve the team surely Saints and others would already be looking at them.

29 Jul 2021 13:38:59
If Ben White is worth £50million why should either of our players you’ve mentioned be worth any less?! Saints know Spurs will have more than enough in the bank if they let Kane go so why should we settle for £25m. If they want our big stars we should stop being a push over club and hold out for more.

{Ed002's Note - It has nothing to do with Ben White.}

29 Jul 2021 15:53:22
We tend to look at players worth £10-12m. Anyone worth above £15m tends to flop or price us out and we won’t usually buy for that much so I think that estimation is reasonable. A few youngsters and then two or three more marquee signings - and we may well be looking at these players, but you know how terrible we are at recruitment!

Lookman, Maitland-Niles, Giakoumakis, Delaney would probably cost £50m in total max, plus Williams on loan. Not a bad five. That’d be the dream window.

29 Jul 2021 17:46:23
I'd be fairly happy with those 4 players for £50m plus Williams on loan but what about a new keeper.

{Ed077's Note - you could try and tempt Sergio Romero on a "free." (He might have other more attractive proposals though)}

29 Jul 2021 21:03:43
If Frase doesn’t go then Ralph definitely won’t go out and get one. West Ham just signed Areola. They have Areola AND Fabianski. We have Forster and McCarthy. I’m struggling to think of decent options for £5-8m that might be out there.

If Ramsdale is apparently £35m then we’ll be looking at another late-20s keeper as the last young english keeper we bought for potential we just sold.

Mat Ryan, Adrian, Randolph, Foster, Hart would all be improvements and probably fairly priced short term options but none are any better than Forster on a good day.

30 Jul 2021 18:12:10
I was hoping that Ralph would have gone for Areola after some of his performances for Fulham last season and the fact that PSG has about 9 or 10 keepers on their books but Ralph doesn't seem interested in any keepers which suggests that he's happy with the 2 that had poor seasons last year. Maybe he's thinking that they can't possibly be that bad 2 seasons in a row?

30 Jul 2021 18:19:31
I think that Ralph is happy with his 2 senior keepers although he doesn't seem to know which is his number 1. I think that Forster will see out the final year of his contract and hope for a decent last payday coming in next year as a free agent, possibly Celtic again or 1 of next seasons promoted championship teams.

Just hoping that Mccarthy gets his act together this coming season as he's shown at times that he can be a good keeper but lacks consistency and confidence. As it stands we have pretty much the same team as last season so I hope that Ralph can get at least 3 or 4 more players in soon otherwise I fear a poor start to the season and with our poor record from the second half of last season still fresh in the memory I'm not filled with confidence.

31 Jul 2021 00:31:10
Leicester signed Kante and Mahrez for a few mil so 10m can be plenty. There’s the Ajax keeper who’s banned for a couple months on the cheap.

23 Jul 2021 19:17:44
Hearing that Forster has turned down a contract extension on reduced terms so with only 1 year left on his present contract Saints are open to moving him on this summer. Celtic are thought to be interested to take him back.

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23 Jul 2021 20:01:01
Gladly. Will force Ralph to go out and get a proper keeper.

29 Jul 2021 12:25:53
The problem being of course that to get a decent keeper ie. someone better than Forster and/ or Mccarthy would likely cost upwards of £20m.

22 Jul 2021 19:30:21
Genuinely no idea on how true this is but heard we're signing Giorgos Giakoumakis from VVV-Venlo. Shane Long is going to Reading and Obafemi off on loan to Bournemouth.

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23 Jul 2021 08:06:12
And u heard from where may i ask?

23 Jul 2021 20:03:22
Would be good business I think. Top scorer in the eredivisie for a team that got relegated. As such, shouldn’t be overpriced. I think €8m or so is quite realistic and if Ings does go, get Maitland-Niles and Armstrong/ Lookman for a combined £25m and it’s a good summer.

Long, Lemina, Forster out.
Simeu, Perraud, potentially another few in. I wouldn’t complain.

21 Jul 2021 23:31:41
Newcastle trying to get lemina for £4m. I'd rather make him play out his contract in the reserves.

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22 Jul 2021 14:21:00
I agree on sentiment but the monies that frees up both in wages and transfer fees would certainly help. If we did sell Ings or Vestergaard this summer that would go some way to signing another 2/ 3 players. 3 of Lookman, a ST (not paying £20m+ for Armstrong thanks), a midfielder and a full back would do nicely.

22 Jul 2021 16:42:22
Agree re Armstrong. If we could get him for £10-£12m he may be a decent fit but I don't think he'll come to us. Lookman would be a smart move imo. I think that Lemina has been one of Saints worst ever purchases.

21 Jul 2021 19:52:39
NEW SIGNING CONFIRMED - Dynel Simeu from Chelsea, 19, CB for £1.5mil.

{Ed002's Note - Dynel Simeu will prove to be a worthwhile buy.}

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21 Jul 2021 22:19:25
For once this appears to be shrewd and smart business. Makes a nice change.

One thing I don’t get is how Chelsea have inserted a sell-on clause when he is out of contract?

22 Jul 2021 10:05:57
Think it’s to do with his age, players under a certain age always need a fee paying. One that sticks out to me is Harvey Elliott to Liverpool on a free transfer but due to his age Liverpool ended up paying about £7mil (could have been less) . I think us accepting a high sell on % has helped us to pay a lesser fee. We also won’t start paying the £1.5m until he actually starts playing in the first team so doesn’t go into this summers transfer budget yet (unless he starts first game of the season) .

22 Jul 2021 14:19:13
If that’s the case then that’s a smart move. And from such a sell-on fee being reported they’re clearly expecting big fees being earned off him in future… hopefully this signals the end of Stephens starting league games.


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