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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.}

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

{Ed001's Note - welcome.}

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.}

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.

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.}

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.

14 Jul 2018 12:26:36
Hi Ed's, thanks for your previous information it was brilliant. I have a question about Paco Alcacer.

I presume he is Southampton's preferred striker option as they have tracked him for some time. Are Barcelona still trying to offload him? I presume he would prefer to fight for a place at Barcelona than move? If he was to move would Southampton be a good option for him or does he have better options on the table? I would love this to happen as I think he is exactly what we need.

Obviously saints need to offload before we buy anyone else but is Danny Ings a more realistic option for Southampton I'm also a fan of his but am curious is Southampton are waiting to see what's happening with Alcacer baring in mind Ings injury record as we already have Austin.

{Ed002's Note - Paco Alcacer is available and Barcelona would like to get around €30M for him. There are interested sides, including Southampton, but the player will need persuading that any move is right for him. Ings is cheaper but will decide carefully where to head.}

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13 Jul 2018 19:01:04
Ed, do you know whether there's any interest from us in Iago Falque from Torino? Know he was with us briefly for a loan spell few years back. Has developed into a good little player with a good goals/ assists record. Feel like we need another first team quality winger/ cam. Cheers in advance.

{Ed002's Note - I don't know Tom. Certainl;y Leicester has an interest.}

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13 Jul 2018 14:30:34
Some impressive signings so far. let's hope we can get rid of some of the dead wood and that we still have on our books (boufal anyone? )

Looks like we will miss out on shaquiri as he's going to Liverpool (strange signing for them)

I still think we need some real creativity (No.10 or tricky right winger) and a proper striker.

Ed have you any new info on these positions other than what you've already posted? Also is there any update on Marlon Santos? Thanks.

{Ed002's Note - Nothing new.}

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13 Jul 2018 15:50:09
No worries. Cheers.

13 Jul 2018 15:57:43
Liverpool probably only trying to buy him because they don't want us to get him.

13 Jul 2018 16:16:53
Very impressive so far have to say! But we'd still need another CB (Santos? ), a proven striker (Ings? ) and a creative no 10). If we could fill those, it has to be the best transfer window ever!

And still need to sell/ loan out Boufal, Forster, at least one CB (Yoshida/ Stephens? ) and one striker (Long? )

13 Jul 2018 17:39:12
@teejaysaint they're just cutting out the middleman.

13 Jul 2018 18:15:56
@ SaintySaintSaint He'll only be warming their bench if he goes there anyway.

14 Jul 2018 10:17:53
Jarkko, don't really get the logic of us signing another CB only to then loan out Stephens or Yosh?

Agree we still need someone who can unlock a defence, either as a 10 or a winger.

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.

12 Jul 2018 08:08:35
Vesterguaard . Has he signed or hasn't he?

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12 Jul 2018 09:53:11
If it’s not on the official website then he hasn’t signed YET.

12 Jul 2018 14:37:28
Apparently it's down to paperwork issues in Germany from BMG side.

12 Jul 2018 15:35:21
Had his medical yesterday but with the England match and all the club probably decided to wait.

Gunn signed and had his publicity stuff done the day before he was announced, in fact he posted it on his own Twitter before the club and was being shown around the city when it was announced. So no official announcement doesn’t = hasn’t signed.

13 Jul 2018 11:53:47
Yep signed!

13 Jul 2018 12:26:19
Signed. Official.

10 Jul 2018 21:46:33
So pleased the club are showing intent . We will do well with these new signings. A goal scorer needs to be added soon.

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10 Jul 2018 21:16:27
We have signed Angus Gunn! Great keeper with loads of potential. Hopefully means that Forster is out. Gunn will provide good competition for McCarthy. The transfer window continues to get better!

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10 Jul 2018 12:53:28
Any strikers inbound at all?

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11 Jul 2018 06:50:07
Surely! I think we will fight for Ings (great signing) and maybe Petagna. Quite sure Long will follow Carrillo (loaned/ sold) . I would like to see Gabbi staying.

09 Jul 2018 23:03:09
Any news on the Marlon Santos deal? I saw recently that we were close to signing for 12M euros. Is this a move that might still go ahead with Vestagaard signing or has interest been dropped?

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11 Jul 2018 06:53:01
Claims from Spain that it is a done deal as player wants to join Saints instead of West Ham! This will mean Yoshida/ Stephens/ Bednarek will be sold/ loaned. I think they will give Hoedt another season to prove himself.

11 Jul 2018 11:43:38
Be a shame to see Yosh go. Sure he's made a few mistakes in his time but on the whole he's been a good servant to Saints. I also think he had a pretty good World Cup.

09 Jul 2018 10:22:27
Vestergaard fee agreed £18 million, should be done before the end of the week.

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09 Jul 2018 11:29:08
think he's having his medical today. looks like a decent player. went to the WC for denmark although he didn't play any games.


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