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31 Jul 2018 09:56:20
Any INs/ OUTs before the window shuts, Eds? Targett? Lemina? Any CB? Any striker? (OUT) How about INs? Are we still in for the CB? Santos, Mina? Wingers? Ghezzal? Kostic? Any new AMC/ ST coming? Seems Forster will go out on loan to Burnley.


{Ed002's Note - It remains more or less as I explained.}

1.) 01 Aug 2018 12:24:18
Apparently we are now interested in Moussa Marega from Porto (22 goal in 29 games last year) for about £22m.

And Newcastle/ West Brom talks over Rondon have broken down.

Regardless of whether Fulham sign Targett or not surely we have to make a strong effort to bring in a striker.

Haven't we?

2.) 02 Aug 2018 14:29:24
We are very stupid if we let Targett go. We are crying out for another CB. Apart from Vestergaard all the other CBs just not good enough for the PL and Hughes likes to play with 3 CBs.

We also need a striker. Austin and Gabbi are good enough, but we need a target striker! Long haven't convinced. Sam is?

Another winger wouldn't hurt either. Moi clearly good enough for the PL. Armstrong looks bright! Davis and Romeu are?

3.) 02 Aug 2018 20:12:56
I'd really love to know where Sam Gallgher stands with saints.

I think he's looked bright in the small number of minutes sparky has given him and I don't think he could do any worse than Shane Long unfortunately. He's played tough Championship football with struggling sides that have had managerial changes left, right and centre and still managed to score a handful. Albeit, hasn't scored a huge number but has had difficult cirumstances on loan to Blackburn and Birmingham who both struggled for form at the time.

I'd be very disappointed in Saints if they were to let him go because it seems like a prime oppurtunity for his chance in the squad. Although I agreed it would be a risk, but I want to see Saints go back to when we were taking chances on our homegrown players because it has paid off. I'd also like to mention whilst i'm on the subject that Targett has been absolutely fantastic in this pre season and needs to be kept in my opinion and i'm really hoping Targett, Gallagher, Sims, Reed and McQueen get their chances this season and do us proud.

That's my thoughts on some of our younger players and homegrown players, i'm not saying they should be starting just because they're from our academy, all i'm saying is that they may have something to offer.

First time poster so be nice lol.

4.) 03 Aug 2018 03:09:53
We have to keep Targett. His stint at Fulham sparked his confidence and we saw glimpses of what he could do when Koeman temporarily switched to a back three back then. Shift Bertrand to the left of a back three or sign Gibson, let Targett and McQueen battle out the left wingback spot. Find a buyer for Long and sign a proper target man.

5.) 03 Aug 2018 05:36:55
Agree totally with both previous replies. I'd keep all the mentioned "youngsters".

Only problem with Bertie on LCB is that he's best going wide forward and sending inch perfect crosses like the one for McQueen in Celta game. Even though he might be our best CB after Vestergaard.

Lille's RB in rumours so maybe Cedric leaving?

But we have many questionmarks. Yoshi? Bednarek? Hoedt? Stephens? Romeu? Davis? Redmond? Long? Currently good enough for the PL?

6.) 03 Aug 2018 17:41:38
Romeu is perfectly good enough for the prem.
Redmond simply needs more fan support and the right coaching. he's 24 so has time on his side. Long needs to go and probably Davis only really on account of his age. Stephens Bednarek and Hoedt also need the fans behind them more. Yoshi can still do a decent job but wouldn't be problem if he goes. I believe generally that this transfer windows been good, at least better then last one and players in general need more belief and support instead of crap aimed at them. like to see youth used more this year.

7.) 03 Aug 2018 17:48:26
Think we're being a bit harsh on Stephens here. There's potential there, and CB's often develop later.

It's time to just keep Gallagher and see what happens. The loan system serves a purpose, but it's time for him to sink or swim. That doesn't mean start him, it just means keep him around and give him whatever opportunities he can earn in training (Cup games, injury fill-ins, etc. ) .

8.) 04 Aug 2018 13:19:36
3 of our centre backs are very young and all have great potential. Most CBs don’t fully develop until they are in their middle 20s.



15 Jul 2018 07:55:05
According to today's news we have made official bid to sign Danny Ings! 💪💪💪 Any truth in this, Eds?


{Ed001's Note - I don't know about any bid, but they very rarely happen these days so you can ignore the term really. Certainly Saints are amongst a number of clubs who have enquired and been given a number if they want to sign him. No idea or interest in talking finances or what the numbers are, but I was told Southampton are one of a number who have not been put off by the amount and it will be down to Danny himself to choose between the teams interested. He would have, out of choice, preferred to stay in the north-west, but that looks unlikely, with Bournemouth and Soton two of the main interested parties, but I wouldn't rule out a return to Burnley because of their location. They also have European football and Sean Dyche to make up for their lower wages. There is also Newcastle and Fulham to consider.}

1.) 15 Jul 2018 09:31:40
Thanks, Ed!

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

2.) 15 Jul 2018 09:49:43
Why would he want to stay in north west? His family are from Winchester he has friends in Southampton he is a Southerner so why do you think he is so enamoured with the North West? He will go where they pay him the best money.
Mike southampton.

{Ed001's Note - because he has lived and settled down there over the last few years playing for Burnley and Liverpool I presume. How on earth would I know why he prefers the area? If it was all about money to him, he could have gone for a lot more money than Liverpool's offer. The lad is happy with what he has monetarily, it is about his career and personal happiness for him. He joined Liverpool to achieve a dream, and now it has not worked out, he just wants to go and play footie. It is not about who pays him the most, it is about first team football or he would be staying put and earning double the salary at Liverpool that he would get at any of the teams interested in him. Perhaps you should not make judgements on people you clearly do not know at all.}

3.) 15 Jul 2018 15:15:18
DIngs is from the southampton local area, supported Southampton as a boy, and probably (probably) therefore still supports Southampton now. He’ll sign.


Also, I’m pretty happy with the other signings made so far this summer - Angus Gunn (tick), Jannik Vestergaard, Stuart Armstrong, (this is will be a challenege for both predictive text and spell-check. ) Mohamed Elyounoussi - all good quality, could prove to be good value for money signings and longer term as well as there here and now. Looking good for the new season ahead. To be lucky enough to sign Danny Ings to that would really top it off. Positive

Also, finally while I’m here and talking football - I’ve got to say a big congratulations to Gareth Southgate and his England squad. National pride restored, and has actively connected us all with the Three Lions again

It’s Home

All the best everyone

Saint Etienne.

4.) 15 Jul 2018 18:32:48
Lallana was/ is supposedly an Everton fan, grew up around the south coast and still wanted to go to liverpoo. Plenty of players have played for rivals of who they supposedly support.

This country's not very big, it takes a relatively small amount of time to get from one end of the country to the other, I highly doubt proximity to family/ friends plays a part in where a player chooses to play

This logic of "oh they're from such and such a place, they support such and such a team, they'll go there" is silly.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love for Ings to sign, but he's going to go where he gets the most of what's important to him, whether that's game time, money, Euro football, sentimentality, whatever.

{Ed001's Note - it is game time he is after.}

5.) 16 Jul 2018 10:03:01
Adam Blackmore has tweeted saying just whispers and no truth behind Saints and Ings.

Not a great signing anyway if it was to be true.



22 Jun 2018 19:59:15
Armstrong from Celtic just about done deal. Hmmmm. hmmmm. hmmmm. Does he make our midfield any better? Is he upgrade from Tadic?


1.) 22 Jun 2018 21:21:50
Not seen too much of him but I wasn't over impressed with him. Certainly don't think he's an upgrade on what we already have.

{Ed007's Note - Armstrong's a hard working box to box midfielder with an eye for a goal and I think he might surprise a few people next year. I'm disappointed to see him leave Celtic but it was always on the cards since he only signed a years extension last summer and I hope he does well, he's a nice lad with a level head on his shoulders - oh and he has a law degree!}

2.) 22 Jun 2018 21:28:57
different type of player to Tadic. Coming in to be an upgrade on Davis.

3.) 22 Jun 2018 23:22:47
Sounds like a good deal to me. I wouldn't question any of our buys from Celtic due to the success rate we have had with their players!

4.) 23 Jun 2018 01:58:52
If he's a replacement for Davis then this signing is entirely welcomed. Younger, fresher, and still got his legs with him. The midfield department is well stocked for competition for the upcoming season. Although you have to wonder what this means for Reed, Clasie, and of course, Davis himself. Maybe even Lemina. Eds, any potential movement for either aformentioned players if the Armstrong deal goes ahead.

5.) 23 Jun 2018 05:13:09
Thank you for the comments! If he's Davis' successor then fine. And very true that Celtic players have done brilliant for us! But pacy wingers and creative AMC is what we really need!

6.) 23 Jun 2018 17:12:58
I think we will be surprised by Armstrong. Whether we use him as a box to box or more attacking, the lad has goals in him. And, for all us old timers out there, he is a good as his namesake (David) then we will be very happy.
Pacy winger? Errrr we have one, Sims. Let's use him for gods sake, rather than let him suffocat e on the bench.

7.) 23 Jun 2018 17:48:44
StaffsSaint . David Armstrong, my second fav player behind Mr Stevie Williams :)

8.) 23 Jun 2018 20:23:40
DC, Stevie Williams, like most, went downhill once he left the Dell. All good memories of good players, great teams and a great manager.



21 Jun 2018 07:45:55
Tadic deal to Ajax all but done. Bertrand pretty much gone as Targett is staying. Can't see us staying up without significant amount of signings. And the signings must be the "bullseyes". No room for Gardos, Boufal, Redmond or Carrillo type of misfits.


1.) 21 Jun 2018 08:05:22
loftus cheek would be a great deal offer 20m and a buy back for chelski. Also Bertrand won't leave only one of the 3 left backs will be allowed to go I would think.

2.) 21 Jun 2018 08:38:48
Hmmm. was he that effective at Palace?

3.) 21 Jun 2018 09:40:35
Loftus-Cheek is way better than Maddison, he would be perfect at Saints, then let's do a deal on Patrick Roberts from City.
Would love Dzyuba too, so reminds me of a cross between Sir Ricky Lambert and Pelle. Think he could be made available too.
Need a strong older Centre Back, there are couple of Italians that were spoken of.
Steve Davis is going to need replacing unfortunately, he has done a great job for us, brilliant attitude, maybe integrate him into youth management and still give some cover this year?
We need somebody with speed up front and have to probably let Shane Long go whilst he has some value.
If Tadic goes and we have to continue suffering Redmond we will need one replacement there too.
Hope we get the two young Aston Villa players mentioned, but understand that if Villa can flog Jack Grealish and keep Green and the other young chap, it makes sense for them.
We have Josh Simms, Sam Gallagher and Sam McQueen all great young players (And they are ours)!

4.) 21 Jun 2018 13:01:17
Agree Loftus Cheek in a different league to Maddison. Would take more like 40m to get him in my imo. Would love to get him!

I'd keep Shane Long. Incredibly useful in tough away games. Has way more impact than Austin for example in those sorts of games where a lone striker sees very little of the ball.

Would love to get rid of Carillo. He will prob never leave as won't get anywhere near the money he is on at saints anywhere else.

5.) 21 Jun 2018 13:06:13
Pete Wesley - Totally agree about Artem Dzyuba, he would be just the Target Man I think we've been crying out for since Lambert/ Pelle left. But I get the feeling the Saints Board will question his age (and therefore limited sell on value) .

6.) 21 Jun 2018 17:39:00
Why keep Shane long? he is genuinely no good. makes these amazing runs into spaces which are so good that they can't get a decent ball into him, and he is too short to cross one in. Agreeably he pressure the defense, but that is about it. He has had his time at saints and needs to move on. Loftus-Cheek would be amazing but he would be around £40 million as already stated. If he wasn't effective why has he been chosen for the World Cup?

7.) 22 Jun 2018 06:16:36
I just hope we act soon! And make some clever moves. Signing Sturridge isn't one of them to me.



18 Jun 2018 06:52:21
Maddison prefers move to the south coast instead of Leicester. Any truth in this, Eds? Please tell me we will sign him!


{Ed001's Note - sorry I don't know what he favours. I do know one person who has advised him that Saints would be a better choice for him right now. Whether he will listen to that advice or not I have no idea.}

1.) 18 Jun 2018 07:07:36
Thanks, Eds! Let's hope for the best! But it seems are pretty much trying to sign him, right? Also rumours that we are still after Paco Alcacer. Any truth in this? Alcacer, Gabbi and Chazza would give us amazing firepower up front! How about Carrillo's situation? Are we trying to offload him?

{Ed001's Note - Paco Alcacer is someone Hughes really wants but the lad is not sure he wants to leave. Barca are looking for either a loan or a buyback clause if he does decide to go. He also does want Maddison, however it is Tadic and Boufal that are under more threat for a place than Carrillo. Having said that, I doubt Saints would turn away any interested parties that come in for him.}

2.) 18 Jun 2018 07:29:07
Thanks, Eds. I personally don't mind Boufal leaving. If we could get Maddison, then not that tragedic to loose Tadic. Is McCarthy going to sign a new deal? Jullien in wish list as well?

{Ed001's Note - I don't know whether McCarthy will sign one but the club certainly want him to. I would assume he will, there is a pay rise on offer to him.

I don't know anything with regards to Jullien sorry.}

3.) 18 Jun 2018 07:47:09
Thanks for info once more, Eds! Keep up the good work!

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate, sorry I can't help about Jullien though.}

4.) 18 Jun 2018 09:21:29
If he prefers Leicester that is quite shocking however sky have him 1/ 3 so seems a done deal we would prob build around him and plan for a few seasons also great statement if we could get him.

{Ed001's Note - why would it be shocking? They pay higher wages, they have recent league success to point to and they are more ambitious with their aims than Southampton. I could fully understand why any player would choose them, even though I would think it to be a mistake in his position and would personally also advise him to choose Southampton, in the unlikely event he asked my advice.}

5.) 18 Jun 2018 10:47:25
Maddison is from the midlands. All the indications are that he would prefer a move to Leicester but his advisors are waiting to see if Everton make a bid.
Agree with the Ed: he would be better off at Southampton.

6.) 18 Jun 2018 11:12:15
Off to Leicester he is 😖.

7.) 18 Jun 2018 11:18:48
Hardly have a record if bringing players on look at gray and ihenacho play bit part fans want the manager out due to negative football. So would imagine not him bringing players in. New manager may not be convinced if they change and don’t see where he fits in their style as largely counter attach with one pass to strikers who use pace still I may be wrong often am. I would fancy ya to finish above them next season if puel stays.

8.) 18 Jun 2018 11:55:00
We are not able to sign anyone, if any other club is interested in our target, are we? Let's next miss out on Alcacer, Jullien, Sisto, Promes, Lukaku, Gibson, Mawson and Anderson. This is so depressing.

9.) 18 Jun 2018 17:21:42
3m a year for an unproven 21 year old talent we can’t ou that.

10.) 18 Jun 2018 23:42:37
jarkko it's mid June.

Most of those players are still available as well.

11.) 19 Jun 2018 04:56:39
To me it's already mid June! Pre-season starts within 2 weeks! And we are 5-6 players short! We'd need a commanding CB, a creative AMC, a pacy winger or two, a proven goal scorer and if Bertrand and/ or Cedric goes, also wing back or two.

12.) 19 Jun 2018 07:26:35
Nobody disagrees that we ought to sign some players. But it's mid June chill out on the doom and gloom.

13.) 19 Jun 2018 07:55:06
I've tried to chill out for several transfer windows now. I was sure back in January 2017 that we will replace Fonte. No, we didn't. Last summer we tried to with Hoedt, but we didn't replace VVD. And we didn't in January 2018 either, which almost costed us a PL status. We have been crying out for a creative AMC for years now. No, Boufal is not the answer. Maddison would have been a perfect fit to us to me, but of course we missed out. Hopefully they will find another target, but I am not going to lie to myself anymore. I believe that when this transfer window is closed, we still haven't signed a CB or an AMC. Anything else would be a pleasant surprise!

14.) 19 Jun 2018 12:22:08
Mate, it's just Maddison. It's not like we missed out on a proven international player who's performed consistently in the league. There are other players too. I'm gutted we missed out as well but your reaction is like we failed to sign Isco on deadline day. Calm down, it's still a long summer ahead.

15.) 19 Jun 2018 18:09:31
Bringing quality in during a World Cup is difficult due to hyped up prices for average players. We have to balance the books with ins and outgoing transfers, doesn’t help when you commit 34 million quid including wages etc on a poor player!

16.) 19 Jun 2018 18:11:25
Well said Vick.

17.) 19 Jun 2018 19:24:18
I think 4 players is what we need, central midfield is strong and will only get better as Lemina and Højbjerg improve. An organiser in central defence . a more defensive minded (also attacking) wide man ( if we need to change the following system) . and possibly a more creative midfielder to back up Tadic (who in my mind should be playing centrally behind front TWO with Lemina and Højbjerg as a more defensive central two so 5-2-1-2 wing backs giving width when going forward 5-3-2 when without ball.

Competition for Cedric to keep him on his toes :) Shame Jérémy Pied was let go, I think there was more to come from him, never saw the Best of him. Injuries however!

18.) 19 Jun 2018 19:51:02
Its World Cup Year . Historically a slower start to the transfer window . Scouts watching possible New Talents! Thare will no doubt be a lot of business done in a few weeks!




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13 Jul 2016 18:22:15
Pied transfer collapses. Any idea, Ed's, whose next right back in line? Is Barcelona still interested in signing Cedric?


{Ed002's Note - I have no idea what these words mean. Sorry.}




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18 Sep 2018 10:48:45
To me the biggest concern from start to finish was that we didn't have any kind defensive balance at all! Players just ran like headless chickens around. We made it so easy for BHA to attack even they were very poor.




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03 Aug 2018 05:36:55
Agree totally with both previous replies. I'd keep all the mentioned "youngsters".

Only problem with Bertie on LCB is that he's best going wide forward and sending inch perfect crosses like the one for McQueen in Celta game. Even though he might be our best CB after Vestergaard.

Lille's RB in rumours so maybe Cedric leaving?

But we have many questionmarks. Yoshi? Bednarek? Hoedt? Stephens? Romeu? Davis? Redmond? Long? Currently good enough for the PL?




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02 Aug 2018 14:29:24
We are very stupid if we let Targett go. We are crying out for another CB. Apart from Vestergaard all the other CBs just not good enough for the PL and Hughes likes to play with 3 CBs.

We also need a striker. Austin and Gabbi are good enough, but we need a target striker! Long haven't convinced. Sam is?

Another winger wouldn't hurt either. Moi clearly good enough for the PL. Armstrong looks bright! Davis and Romeu are?




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15 Jul 2018 09:31:40
Thanks, Ed!


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14 Jul 2018 19:09:49
Look at Ed002's message from 4th July. He clearly said that 2 CBs are on the radar. And to me thats! ogical. We used to have strong stopper pair, Fonte/ Alderweireld then Fonte/ VVD. We didn't replace Fonte or VVD until Vestergaard signed. To me, Hoedt is at the moment far away from PL standard as is Bednarek and Stephens. Yoshida decent backup, but not a regular starter. So, I pretty much share the opinion that two strong CBs this summer is needed. Then we need to offload some CB quantity.





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