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05 Feb 2019 19:26:20
Anyone know anything about Danny Ings injury? Been looking online for updates and can't find anything.

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05 Feb 2019 23:46:11
Let's hope that the old saying " no news is good news " is right.

30 Jan 2019 00:17:26
According to the Sun we are talking to Olympiakos about Omar Elabdellaoui. Don't know much about him but RH must know him.

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30 Jan 2019 06:31:58
Seeing that Genk do not want to let Maehle go until the end of the season as not to disrupt their title challenge, this could be a stop gap signing, maybe a loan until the end of the season? He was on loan at Hull during their relegated season admittedly during the January window, which coincidentally coincided with their brief upturn in form at the time. Other than that haven't heard much of him other than his defending is often suspect.

30 Jan 2019 15:39:08
Just what we need then Vick, another suspect defender 🤔.

31 Jan 2019 13:30:45
He is a Norwegian international right back, who I think it fair to say has not fulfilled his potential to date. however, his style of play would seem to fit the hassenhutle blueprint and perhaps one that ralph could get the best from. …. certainly good cover and competition for valer the two of them could bring out the best in other. …. incidently I thought Valery took a step up in performance against palace last night.

31 Jan 2019 17:36:17
Loads of out goings nothing coming in bit of a anti climax window but we’re playing well so that’s all we can ask for
We have a few loans that will return in the summer and I think Ralph will get the best out of them
Our team now will be fitter and more switched on to his style so who ever comes back will hopefully just fit in.

31 Jan 2019 20:49:42
Can’t see anything doing now.
Disappointed that we didn’t end up bringing anyone in but to get rid of Hoedt, Davis, Cedric and Gabbiadini is still good business - considering only Forster and Austin would have been the other deadwood it’s a success in terms of outgoings.
Moving Cedric on without signing a replacement is my only cause for minor concern. I feel like we’re set well for the summer and I trust that Ralph will have plans to move early in June.
If Boufal and Carrillo are moved on I’d be wishing for a ST, AM, CB and RB, part-funded by selling Lemina.

29 Jan 2019 22:10:59
Well Fulham, Burnley and Newcastle all had good results tonight. We really need to get 3 points tomorrow night.

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29 Jan 2019 23:51:42
It would be awesome to get the three points tomorrow and go six clear of danger but even if we don’t win either of our games against in form Palace and Burnley sides, the home game against Cardiff is the big one for me - potentially deciding between being 7/ 8 clear or within a point of relegation.

They’re all kind fixtures on paper however all three sides are playing well - the good news is none of them are exactly form teams who can string several good results together and I’d expect 4-6 points from those games.

We never seem to beat Palace at home especially in recent memory - all those I recall are high scoring losses in midweek - 1-2 last season and 2-3 a few seasons before that IIRC. I’m obviously hoping for (not quite expecting) a win, but wouldn’t be overly disappointed with a draw.

28 Jan 2019 23:09:41
I see that Brentfords Ollie Watkins has been mentioned as a possible Saints target. Seems to be a decent player but not sure about his obvious dive to earn a penalty against Barnet.

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27 Jan 2019 20:25:06
Any truth in Rogerio rumours, Ed?

{Ed002's Note - Che Adams is taking up the efforts at this time.}

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28 Jan 2019 11:57:18
Thanks Ed! Che Adams move likely to happen?

{Ed002's Note - I cannot anser "likely" questions but Southampton are working on it.}

29 Jan 2019 12:28:26
Burnley apparently looking at ache Adams too.

31 Jan 2019 13:19:03
Burnley have apparently made a second bid for Adams (declined) not sure that Saints will get themselves into a bidding war. In any event I see Adams as a long term investment rather than a short term fix. Other options will become available come the summer.

27 Jan 2019 12:46:12
Any truth in tavernier rumours ed? And thoughts on his ability. I admit I know nothing about him.

{Ed002's Note - I don’t know but there was interest from Brighton and I think he signed a new deal.}

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27 Jan 2019 16:57:32
Apparently we'll be going back to Brum with an improved bud for Che Evans and if Tavernier is available for around £8m may be worth a look. Club Captain at Rangers, Gerrard is a fan. He's a good attacking full back so his fitness levels are good. He scores and gets assists too, albeit at a Championship-esque level. Not sure about it though. He's 27 so doesn't seem in the right frame of our current policy. Also, he's Captain there and he'd have to fight to get in the team here. Not saying he can't do it but.

27 Jan 2019 17:00:36
Sorry - Che Adams. No idea why I had the surname Evans in my head. Long day.

27 Jan 2019 18:14:48
Doesnt feel like the kind of singing I’d be expecting us to make - also being on decent form for a top three Scottish club doesn’t say much for starting in the PL. A no for me, especially for that much.

28 Jan 2019 09:24:18
Che Adams would be a great signing - He's been in great form for Brum for the past few seasons and would be the type of player i'd like to see us 'pluck' from the Championship - He has a bright future! Hearing that some of the so called larger teams are also looking at hi, so get him infront of Dave to convince him that we should be his destination of choice ;-)

28 Jan 2019 12:57:15
Got a friend who’s a Birmingham fan and has said he’d be gutted if we took him, especially for the approximate £8m fee. Similar career path to Redmond before we got him, albeit without any PL experience, but hopefully he could become a quality addition. #trustinralph.

27 Jan 2019 14:19:23
Rumours that we're looking at Tavernier at Rangers.

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25 Jan 2019 19:41:43
With the Telegraph reporting it, I think there's substance in it - Austin expected to leave this month. The club have already rejected bids as they've been below the valuation. They don't say how much we want for him, but we won't price him out of a move.

Trimming the fat.

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25 Jan 2019 20:27:58
Hi figo

It confirms what I've read Aston villa as 1 possible destination. RH is definitely not messing about, as you say trimming the fat . I can imagine our weekly wage bill is dropping nicely. let's face it a squad of 25 players solely for the Premier League is bloated to say the least. I think we will see a move towards fewer younger fitter more versatile players who are more multi purpose and can cover a variety of positions, an exciting prospect. coyr viva rh.

25 Jan 2019 22:12:47
Surely this must mean there is a striker on the way in, with Gabbi and Austin leaving? Long/ Gallagher/ Obafemi aren't realistically good enough competition for Ings right now.

26 Jan 2019 00:53:36
ITS Culling Season!
Still moving in the right direction
Would not be surprised to see Bertie out the door considering his mysterious minor back injury has dragged on and on ( providing the young Juventus Brazilian replacement can be brought in ) with LEMINA’S tenure under scrutiny and a few more coffers to boot!

26 Jan 2019 03:27:45
It seems that there have a number of players quite happy to take their exorbitant salaries and not interested in playing. I think a squad of 18-20 should be big enough to cope. let's move the dead wood out to some other teams wage bill and sit out the season there.

26 Jan 2019 04:48:17
Lovely bloke and a great character. Arguably also currently the best finisher in the squad. It's clear he doesn't fit Ralph's blueprint as he's not mobile enough and too slow. But in a team who keeps giving service and crosses he will come good. RH might also be considering the state of our wingers and fullbacks who currently aren't able to provide good crosses and service, so there's no point in keeping Austin anyway. Our strikers need to be fit enough to chase and press, and mobile enough so that we can still carve chances despite the lack of creativity behind them.

26 Jan 2019 08:53:51
My view of Austin is that he's always seemed quite cocky and arrogant. Yes he's scored important goals for the club, but he's also wastes plenty of very good opportunities. I agree, I think Ings is the only striker of quality in our team, maybe Redmond will start to play alongside him. Maybe we'll pull an obscene transfer out of the bag! But a couple of injuries to our main goalscorers and we'll he very light on our feet.
Does anyone think that RH, might fall out with the squad by selling all our "deadweight"?

{Ed001's Note - I have met Austin a fair few times when he was at Swindon and he is actually a nice enough lad and not all that cocky and arrogant, most of the time. However he is very much a 'lad' and has the lifestyle that entails, which is not conducive to high level fitness and will not help him steer clear of injury. Especially for a body type like his, which is always going to be a problem as he struggles with keeping his weight in check.}

26 Jan 2019 17:08:16
I've bumped into him by chance on 2 occasions in Cheltenham. both times he was drunk and with Joey Barton. Enough said.

{Ed001's Note - that says it all mate.}

26 Jan 2019 20:32:41
Ed if we are clearing out so many surely we need to replace one or two due to being an injury or suspension away from a crisis?

Are we playing it risky with youth cover or are we actually aiming to get one or two in this window?

Right back is a prime example now.

{Ed001's Note - you are clearing the decks to raise funds and salary space for an incoming or two.}

26 Jan 2019 23:25:58
Thanks Ed, appreciate the input as always.

27 Jan 2019 11:15:57
Seems like we may well have to wait until Summer for the benefits of the clearout though, just from a few things I've read/ reading between the lines.

I think we're alright to stay up with the squad we have, though leaving ourselves quite so exposed does seem a bit of a gamble.

24 Jan 2019 17:11:47
Reading that Inter are offering £17m for Cedric which I think all would agree is a very decent deal. I also read RH is not looking to bring any players in during this window and he is confident of avoiding relegation.
There is no doubt that RH has grabbed everyone's attention with his management style, it looks like we have an exceptional talent who is delivering results in a result business. What is encouraging for me is that the majority of the players have bought into his philosophy and we have all seen a dramatic improvement in jwp, Redmond, and others. Those that didn't or were unable to have been moved on or will be let go in the future. I genuinely believe we could be in for an exciting few months as Saints fans, where we can actually look forward to the next match, and St Mary's regains it's fortress status.

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24 Jan 2019 21:59:10
I think that if £17m is correct I would bite their hands off. We have several players who can play in that position and that would give RH some money to bring in someone that he wants. Also free up more money as Cedric was reportedly one of the top earners.

25 Jan 2019 11:50:56
This is not correct, the BBC are reporting a loan with the option to buy for around 9.5 million. A bit disappointing if you ask me.

25 Jan 2019 11:51:29
Reports today are a little pessimistic on the financial front with Inter now believed to simply be paying less than 1m euros for a loan for the remainder of the season with an option to buy at a price of about 11m euros. All in, that would be about £10m. In today's market, that seems low for a member of the Portuguese squad that are current Euro champions. He's been a solid and regular player for us since then as well. I guess the price will be influenced by Cedric's wish to leave, RH's happiness to offload him and the January window being an awkward one to do business.

25 Jan 2019 12:30:23
Does anyone think 500k for a loan deal is a bit low? Maybe saints want boufal back from his loan?

25 Jan 2019 14:14:28
I've read that his release clause is only 11m, but if they loan him then he'll cost 1m, then they'll have the option to buy for 20m after, so they're shooting themselves in the foot.

23 Jan 2019 23:34:51
Rumours around Cedric are getting noisier - now looks like Inter are having a go at getting him. I'd say if we get around £12m for him AND have someone lined up as a replacement - Maehle has been mentioned and he'd be around £6m I believe - then I'm happy for this to go through as I'm not happy that Valery could see out the season without serious competition at RB.

Cedric has been a good servant to the club without ever setting the world alight and has been inconsistent recently - if Ralph is happy to let him go then I trust him completely.

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24 Jan 2019 10:55:29
I would want a little more than £12m, but to buy someone for £5m 4 seasons ago, and then get a replacement for £6m is good business. I'll personally be sad to see him leave as he's my favourite player at the club and as you said he's been a good servant. But it'll be good for him to move to a club like Inter who are pushing for Champions League football.

The only problem is that it looks like it'll be Ralph's way or the highway, judging by the players we've got rid of already. I don't mind as a lot of our players are showing him the attitude he wants and that is improving the way we play and ultimately seeing us get good results.

That being said, the business we've done already would have trimmed the wage bill. Gabs will have freed up around 70k per week, Davis is on around 60k, Hoedt is on the same, and so will Cedric. So we might have managed to free up around 250k a week in wages. If we can bring 2 younger players who will be on about 30k a week, then we will be saving almost 10m a year on wages.

24 Jan 2019 11:42:58
I think Cedric has offered very little positive things to the team during last two seasons. Superb free-kick goal against ManUtd, but poor marking, poor blocking, poor crosses far too often. To me, fee around 12m would be a good business, but agree, he should be replaced. We can not rely only on Valery in that position. But Cedric is easily replaceble.

Still, I agree everything Ralph has done so far. Players gone out haven't weakened our side a bit and the same goes for Cedric as well. Hopefully we can get rid of Forster before the 1st February and get a couple ins, too (if the claims are right these could well include Carrillo and Boufal) .

24 Jan 2019 13:41:17
Looking at his stats from this season, he is statistically the worst fullback in our squad. I don't think Squawka is up to date and how accurate is it, nonetheless according to it in 15 matches (1315 minutes) he has done the following:
- Intercepted the ball 20 times
- Blocked 9 crosses
- Won 16 tackles
- Dispossessed the ball 9 times
- Created 11 chances

Where Valery has done the following in only 2 games (180 minutes) :
- Intercepted the ball 6 times
- Blocked 4 crosses
- Won 11 tackles
- Dispossessed the ball 7 times
- Created 0 chances

If you take his stats and work them out across Cedric's game time, it's obvious that he is the better defender (obviously teams will be more likely to target a young inexperienced full back), but he clearly holds his own. Another option would be to play Reed in this position when he returns from loan.

24 Jan 2019 14:18:55
I’d like to see Carrillo come back this month to see what Ralph can do with him. From what I’ve seen of him at Monaco and Leganes he’s a hard worker and good hold up forward who’s willing to work and enjoys playing in a two up top.

He’s got 5 in 16 starts this season playing for a bottom six side managed by Pellegrino which I don’t think is an awful return (Higuain has 8 in 22 at Milan by way of comparison) and seeing as Austin’s out of favour it’d give us an extra dimension going forward.

Having already offloaded Davis, Hoedt and Gabbiadini, if we bring him back and do a deal for Cedric and find a replacement I think that’s a brilliant window for a potential outlay of £6m with £25m brought in plus loads of wages freed up.

Even so with our current squad I don’t think we’ll finish much lower than 14th this season.

24 Jan 2019 15:19:39
Can't see carrillo coming back. Would be surprised. Agree with your post jay. Cedric was great at first but we'll under par the last 2 years. He was a good signing but if he leaves for 12 mill with 18 months on his contract I think that is a good deal for all concerned. With him going maybe we will make an offer for another rb cable of playing cb. or a cb capable of playing rb! One of the two lol.

24 Jan 2019 17:04:35
Carrillo will come back and be assessed in the summer, as will Boufal. I think RH will play Redmond as our main striker for the remainder of the season. The way we set up on Saturday is best suited to us, at this moment in time. Playing 5 at the back, with the two holding midfielders, we move the ball fast and precisely to beat teams on the counter. This style of play heavier relies on Redmond and Ings getting in behind the defenders.

24 Jan 2019 17:18:31
Looks like Inter have offered €20m (£17m) - I’d bite their hand off and look at bringing in a young and hungry replacement. Maehle is the only major name I’ve seen linked but from what Iknow about him I think that that is a good fit for Ralph.

Looks like Cedric is going on a loan to buy before the end of the weekend - either way if we get someone in as a replacement I’ll be more than satisfied.


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