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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.

22 Jul 2020 19:22:08
Totally agree with saintGgsy PEH said that he wanted to move to play champions league and the only two clubs who have shown in an interest are nowhere near that level, the fact that the big six clubs have shown no interest says it all . Great to have JWP captaining the team Southampton through and through, probably only until someone offers 30 million or more then the club will sell him as well.

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24 Jul 2020 17:01:13
But that's the club's business model, to buy talent; nurture it and then sell for a profit - It's been well documented.

22 Jul 2020 11:30:59
PEH: I want to leave Southampton and play in the champions league and compete for trophies

Spurs: we will sign you even though we aren't in the champions league and won't compete for major trophies

PEH: YES! But you didn't put in a bid

Everton: we will sign you even though we are level on points with Southampton and haven't been in the champions league for over a decade.

PEH: YES! let's agree personal terms and I'm all yours

Says a lot that a top six club doesn't want him and he's instead moving sideways for more money and not more 'prestige'

Bye bye Pierre.

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22 Jul 2020 19:39:12
Same as the Fonte and Koeman situations, delusions of grandeur, burn their bridges and end up with a sideways move that costs them in the end.

23 Jul 2020 21:31:42
These moves sound like he's more going into for the wage increase. I understand that Everton and Spurs are bigger clubs than Southampton in terms of having a larger fanbase and a more decorated history. But at this current moment in time we're on par with these clubs.

I generally believe Ralph has what it takes to take us to the next level, where he can build a decent squad of players and we can become like Wolves and challenge for Europe.

I always like Pierre, he's always showed a great attitude towards the club to come out in interviews when we've lost games and the fans have been disappointed.

21 Jul 2020 00:04:06
With Valencia clearing out some first-teamers do we fancy anybody? . Geoffrey Kondogbia as a PEH replacement maybe? .
Also they have a young rightback Thierry Correia. thoughts.

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20 Jul 2020 20:14:11
Hearing that we have signed Salisu for £10.9m and are set to announce it in the next week or so - very impressed we've beaten other sides to that if true! Ralph must really be invested in us and want others to follow!

COYS.

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20 Jul 2020 22:46:29
Love for this to be true. He looks a really good prospect. Only 21 years old but just played a full season in La Liga so is no mug. Now sign KWP a striker and maybe a replacement for PEH, get rid of the dead wood and Saints can push on next season.

21 Jul 2020 21:27:13
We have several strikers teesidejay, why would we sign another one? Keen on finding a replacement to PEH, but I reckon it'll be another young player as Romeu has played really these past few games.

What deadwood do we need to get rid of? At the moment I can only think of PEH and Vestergaard.

21 Jul 2020 23:24:36
reckon Hoedt, Carrillo and Lemina would count as deadwood.

22 Jul 2020 11:23:37
We have two keepers to compete for the no 1 jersey
Need a right back or maybe two - KWP and another
CB - hopefully Salisu, clear out Hoedt, maybe give a Yoshida one more year
CM - get rid of Lemina, Romeu can stay on, sign another
ATT - we could always do with one more - is Boufal still in the picture?
ST - Please get rid of Carrillo, but with Ings, Adams, Obafemi and Long I think we’re ok - even if Ings does get injured for a spell Obafemi and Adams up top is decent enough back up

Also does anyone know what is happening with Elyounoussi and Forster once they return from loans? Moi did indeed look shocking in a saints shirt and Fraser probably needs to move on. I’d like to see Danso made permanent as well as he could turn out to be a fantastic prospect in a few years.

22 Jul 2020 16:02:38
I've heard that Elyounoussi is back at Celtic for another year. Not sure what is happening with Forster.

23 Jul 2020 13:50:04
Don't forget we have Djenepo to come back from injury. I think if he can hit the ground running next season and find form without injury, he'll be a huge asset to the team.

24 Jul 2020 23:26:49
McCarthy and Forster to compete for No. 1, Gunn will leave, can’t imagine him being happy at No.3 choice. Yoshida has already gone. Hoedt will go, so to will Lemina, Hojbjerg and Carillo. Vestergaard will go but only if the right offer comes in and he will be replaced if he does go, Salisu isn’t his replacement. McQueen should leave too. Be interesting to see how Reed, Boufal, Hesketh and Sims get on in pre season as it’s make or break for them at the moment. Don’t see us signing/ needing to sign another striker, with Elyounoussi out on loan for another year I would like to see a young wide player come in, another CB as Danso hasn’t done enough for a permanent move, a Hojbjerg replacement and 100% need another LB and RB. Vokins looks good but needs to go out on loan for me and Valery can’t defend.

 


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