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17 Aug 2020 12:32:57
Reports we've bid €12m for Almeria's Darwin Núñez - apparently interest has also come from Napoli, Milan, Wolfsburg, Brighton. 16 goals in La Liga Segunda last season. Would be good competition with Adams for the second striker position I suppose.

Also more word of interest in Ntcham growing to continue the mostly successful Celtic-Southampton link - we're turning into their own Liverpool at this rate.

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17 Aug 2020 14:46:25
I think that Sheffield Utd are also looking at Nunez. Don't know much about him apart from he can be a bit fiery. Ntcham would be a good addition although I'm not sure that Celtic want or need to sell.

17 Aug 2020 20:57:34
Also word of Hugo Mallo of Celta (RB) and Chris Wood at Burnley (£11m and £13m respectively) interest growing. Now that’d be some squad depth and experience.

I think Saints are ~probably~ more enticing than SHU in terms of football, wages and development. Well they are, but hopefully he sees it that way too.

19 Aug 2020 08:43:00
I applaud Ralph’s recent signings so far with the possibility of adding Nunez and Weston McKennie (both in the right age bracket) would. be the icing on the cake!
From reports McKennie looks a far better prospect than Olivier Ntcham ( who apparently is quite lazy) (shades of Lemina) which won’t suit Ralph! Things are travelling very well in the right direction now considering Ralph inherited quite a few underperforming. and overpriced players when he first joined SFC-so again Ralph we thank and salute you! Keep On Marching.

16 Aug 2020 06:24:48
Seen a few Chinese based shirt sponsors are leaving their contracts with teams across the leagues in the UK. Do not think it will do much damage to Southampton as I'm sure we will find a new sponsor who doesn't seem to want to use us, but rather actually build something. Hope we get sold as well with all this political tension. Any thoughts?

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17 Aug 2020 17:32:32
If just be glad to get that horrible logo off the shirt.

14 Aug 2020 11:47:29
Hi Eds,

Is there any truth that saints are looking at Martin Hinteregger from Frankfurt? Looks a great prospect and got an eye for goal too but never know if these rumours are true!

thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Martin Hinteregger (CB) The Southampton manager has explicitly requested the club try to recruit Hinteregger.}

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14 Aug 2020 13:58:39
thanks Ed's - that would be a big move for us!

{Ed002's Note - The odd thing is that his CB partner would be a much better option and probably less expensive - but there is already quite a lot of interest and EF don't want to sell.}

14 Aug 2020 16:38:37
Not sure that Saints would want to pay the reported £22.5M that Frankfurt have asked for but he seems to be a decent defender and Ralph knows him and what he is capable of. A few other clubs reported to be sniffing around Frankfurts central defenders.

15 Aug 2020 12:16:48
It does feel like a lot and I guess it will depend if we can shift some deadwood but we’ve all been asking the club to show ambition and sign a good centre half and I know we got one but he looks more for the future.

Haven’t seen us seriously linked with any other players though, except McKenna (think that’s how you spell it) but can’t see that happening.

13 Aug 2020 20:50:53
Gossip has now turned to Orel Mangala - a CM promoted with Stuttgart last season, who would cost around £6m, as well as free agent Jeff Hendrick but he seems likelier to go to Newcastle or Everton.

Word still seems to be that we want another Central defender and or full back.

Lemina, Carrillo and Hoedt as discussed seem to only be fetching asking prices of £6-9m, and considering they cost £15-19m each that's the price of hiring Pellegrino and then giving Sparky a second contract. Oh well.

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14 Aug 2020 08:07:57
Rumours are that we're looking at CB Martin Hinteregger from Frankfurt. If we do buy him, we'll need to fork out our record fee to secure him. The only way I can see this being realistic is if we can flog Veestergaard for a reasonable sum.

14 Aug 2020 10:24:31
I’ve seen this - can’t see it happening even though it is a very Ralph-esque move. Would be a awesome but given our recent record I can’t see us spending over £12-14m on players given the deadwood currently on our books.

14 Aug 2020 17:35:46
Saints went through a phase especially during Pellegrino's reign when we made a lot of knee jerk signings costing big money. All of those signings turned out to be donkeys or just not interested in playing for Saints and we're paying for that now because the board are unlikely to sanction any more until we get some money back from those mistakes.

13 Aug 2020 15:42:00
I see Stoke are willing to let Butland go for a knock down price. He was going to be England No1 before Pickford, but relegation and form stopped this.

Worth a punt?

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13 Aug 2020 15:49:28
Haven't we been there with Forster?

13 Aug 2020 16:04:05
True.

To be honest, I’m not sure about any of the GKs we have currently.

What’s your thoughts?

13 Aug 2020 16:53:20
I think that we'll stick with McCarthy as first choice. Not sure what's happening re. Forster. I don't think that Gunn has progressed since he's been with us but he'll probably still be No.2 next season. A keeper is only as good as the defence allows so hopefully our defence steps up and makes the keepers job a little easier.

07 Aug 2020 12:14:56
With Salisu and KWP coming in and Hojbjerg going, all for a net gain (superb business), I can't see any more changes at the back for Ralph.

Three keepers - one will probably go.
Two senior full backs with two junior back ups, as well as, reluctantly, Stephens and JWP if needed, and four CBs I think will do for him.

I don't think both Hoedt and Jannik will leave. Bite our tongues and take £8-10m for Wesley and be done with it if we can.

We may need another CM. Romeu and Armstrong are good but if Reed goes to Fulham and Lemina to Eastern Europe for a combined £20m, we should look to get another CM in as Smallbone and JWP aren't the most defensive minded players if needed there.

Wingers we are abundant in. JWP, Redmond, Djenepo, Boufal, Sims when fully fit is plentiful. Ings Adams Long and Obafemi up top is also good, with Obafemi I think good enough to step in for Ings if injured.

That just leaves question marks over Carrillo - again take £10m and run - McQueen and Gunn/ Forster.

Hopefully we can sell Hoedt, Reed (reluctantly), Lemina, Carrillo, a keeper and one or two squad players for another ~£45m and buy in one more midfielder and maybe another attacker at most, but I think we've already done a majority of business and it's good to have a settled squad mostly sorted and in good form and high spirits for next month.

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07 Aug 2020 17:05:44
Definitely need to get rid of all the deadwood, players out on loans etc. If we could generate £40-50M to allow us to bring in maybe 2 class players we'd be challenging for European football next season.

07 Aug 2020 23:06:45
Lemina - Galatasaray and Marseille linked, maybe £15m there
Carrillo - hopefully a bottom half La Liga side or Argentine club for £6-8m
Hoedt - spent time in Serie A, maybe someone will take him for £8-10m
Hesketh - is now 24 and spent last year at Lincoln. I’m not sure he has a future and may go for £800k-£1m
Gunn - someone will take him as a second choice for £6-8m hopefully
Valery - given the issues surrounding his personal life, he may be moved on and hasn’t been in the best form this season. A promoted or championship club may come in for him or he may move back to France for £3-5m
McQueen - is now 25 and may head off to the championship for £1m or so
Reed - Fulham seem to be nearing an agreement for £8m and he’ll be guaranteed a starting position so good luck to him

There’s - hopefully - £50m+, albeit optimistically. There’s already some losses in transfer price there but costs may end up being even lower to get Pellegrino’s disasters off the wage book.

Get the top 3 on that list gone and we’ll be singing. Get a CM in - McKennie I think is unlikely - and another class young player and I will be buzzingggggg.

13 Aug 2020 07:58:26
I can't make up my mind with Obefemi but one thing I'msure about is he's not the answer to step in for Ings. Still so much improvement needed in his all round game I feel. Do you keep him with Ralph to coach or find a decent loan move for a year with regular first team starts? I think he'd benefit from a loan: get him out of his comfort zone, force him to work on his 'professionalism' (something Ralph often mentions) and get minutes.

13 Aug 2020 09:46:13
I agree about Obefemi. I don't think he's ready to step into Ings boots if Danny happens to be out for any length of time and Shane Long isn't the answer as I don't think he can lead the line for 90 minutes so we could do with someone else to fill in whether that means bringing someone in on loan or buying another young but experienced striker. I've heard that a couple of teams are looking to buy Carillo so hopefully that comes off as we need to get some money back from the players that have been out on loan.

13 Aug 2020 10:13:06
I’ve read that Pellegrino wants Carrillo AGAIN and to be honest he owes it to the club to repay some of that £19m. Think he’s at Velez in Argentina now.

Galatasaray don’t want Lemina back so hopefully a top 5 league top 6 side come in for him. Hoedt will be a real struggle to shift.

13 Aug 2020 14:58:41
I like Obafemi, the kids only just turned 20, so he's still got so much to learn. I think we should keep hold of him, Ralph's trying to shape him into the ideal player he needs to be for his team. I wouldn't want to risk that by sending him to a random club. How many players have we shipped off on loan that haven't been able to ever get into our team in the past 5 seasons? Look at Harrison Reed, got into the team under Poch but hasn't had a look in since, same can be said about the Sims. I'd rather him, start the odd game and be a good impact sub and learn under Ralph, then ship him out to a mediocre club. Or else we risk bringing in another flop.

But I agree, if Ings was to get an injury and be out for a few months, we would be in big trouble. But we're not really in the position to bring in a new striker to play second fiddle to Danny Ings. Maybe if that happens you play Redmond upfront and start Boufal or Djenepo in his position.

I hope we'll be able to sell Lemina, Carrillo and Hoedt. I've heard Marseille are in for Lemina, hopefully we can make 10m for him (I would actually like to see him play for us again, I think he has bags of talent. However, it seems like he has a massive ego and isn't a good professional) . Pellegrino is in for Carrillo again. However, he has said that he wants to stay in Europe. We could flog him, but it would be for real cheap as he only has a year left in his contract. Hoedt is also wanted by some Belgium clubs. Annoyingly, with these players, we are going to struggle to sell them. We'll be lucky if we get even 20m for all 3 of them, who probably cost us 50m+ combined.

I think if we do bring anyone else in this summer, it'll be a young player with lots of potential, on the cheap. I can't see us replacing Hojbjerg, I think that will be Romeu's position to fill.

13 Aug 2020 15:30:31
I think that Lemina thinks that he's better than he actually is plus he seems to have an attitude problem. As for Carillo I'd be quite happy to get £5 or £6M for him. The same with Hoedt just to get him off of our books.

04 Aug 2020 20:51:01
If we have really agree 3m and kwp for hjoberg that is rubbish business.

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04 Aug 2020 21:34:44
I know I have been reading about this tonight and whilst I am happy to be seeing the back of PEH and welcoming KWP I was expecting a bit more money. I suppose until the deal is done we will not know what the add ons are. Providing it’s not Spurs winning the league we should get a few extra quid. Excited to be bringing in KWP as he looks hungry to play and exciting to watch. He fits our profile of young players. Glad to see Vokins sign a new deal today as well as I think he has a bright future even if the short term is learning of Bertrand.

05 Aug 2020 01:55:28
It dumb to accept that but may not have another option to cash in on PEH. Was hoping we would do something like at least $10 million + KWP not pretty much a straight swap. I hope we still get another RB in as I am (probably in the minority) who doesn't think KWP will solve our RB problems.

05 Aug 2020 09:14:04
Adam Blackmore tweeted last night saying that this wasn't the case. Looks like we're holding out until Spurs are closer to our valuation.

I'd rather us sell PEH to another club for what we want and sign a different RB for the same value. It would be a shame because KWP looked great for us towards the end of last season.

05 Aug 2020 13:23:16
Marty cash or the Dutch youngster look good. Think kwp got lucky a few times looked a bit light weight and his pace got him out of trouble. Looks like reed will go to Fulham if we get 8-10 for him and ship a few of the loans out bringing in say 15-20m and vestergard goes 15-20m then new Cdm American youngster linked Salisu And we could look strong with space for some youngsters.
Outs foster Carrillo Lemina hoedt boufal Reed.

06 Aug 2020 10:02:42
It's been reported that Fulham have offered £12M for KWP.

06 Aug 2020 13:34:30
it's 20 million plus performance related add ons for Hojbjerg

12 million bid for KWP has been accepted, saints pushing for him to sign a 5 year deal but not finalised yet.

07 Aug 2020 12:29:58
20 million? where did you hear that? its being reported 15 million with some add ons, well that's all that I have read. I think its a little disappointing from saints point of view.

07 Aug 2020 17:09:20
I heard the same as you Ben. Basically Spurs value PEH just £3M more valuable than KWP.

07 Aug 2020 18:54:02
Nothing concrete but Spurs sources are claiming £15mil + add ons Southampton sources are claiming £25mil + add ons, truth is it’s probably £20mil + add ons.

30 Jul 2020 23:03:42
Does anyone know if there's any truth to the rumours regarding Weston McKinnie from Schalke?

In terms of what we'd replace PEH with, he ticks all the boxes. However, can't see us splashing out for his value of £20m if we only sell PEH for £25m (or even £15m + KWP, if the current rumours are also true) .

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31 Jul 2020 17:54:53
I've heard that there are several Premiership teams interested in him. I think he's looking for Champions league football so that will possibly go against us.

26 Jul 2020 12:50:32
Saw it reported in The Sun (via The Boot Room website) that Saints are on the verge of signing 17 yr old left back Jeremi Rodriguez from Las Palmas.

Eds, do you know anything about him, such as whether he's anywhere near first team ready? Can't find too much about him online.

Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Sorry I can't help.}

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24 Jul 2020 23:55:00
Seen barcelona are clearing out their squad.

"They are Neto, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Ousmane Dembele and Martin Braithwaite, plus the returning Carles Alena, Rafinha Alcantara, Jean-Clair Todibo and Philippe Coutinho. "

Hopefully we get Salisu in ASAP. Todibo might be a cheapish option as well given we may need another CB. Alena is a better option than Reed in my opinion.

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25 Jul 2020 06:34:46
Todibo is the only semi-realistic one imo. Think he can play in midfield too so might be an option to replace hojbjerg

most of them, if they go, will be off to other sides in the champions league and on far higher wages than we can pay. the only player that won't be is Braithwaite and he'd probably 5th choice here.

 


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