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10 Jan 2022 19:09:23
Hello Ed (s). Got any juicy Saints rumours for us or is it all quite at the moment?

{Ed002's Note - It will be out of date and I would need to check, and the ownership change may impact matters, but last update was:
The wage issue needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency or the club can expect FFP sanctions.

Sam Johnstone (G) Will not be sold in January but Spurs, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers in the summer.
Willy Caballero (G) Short-term solution.
Fabien Centonze (RB/RWB) Metz turned down an approach from Marseille who opted for for Pol Lirola but they are still seeking another RB. Metz say Southampton and Everton have sent scouts to watch him this season.
James Hill (CB) Fleetwood Town youngster attracting scouts from the PL and a declaration of interest from Burnley and Southampton. The issue will be game time at any higher profile clubs so a move to either might be the best move, although perhaps only a stepping stone.
Nayef Aguerd (CB) Rennes have been given the opportunity to profit on the player by Marseille but have made clear they are not looking to sell. Southampton and West Ham are amongst clubs who have sent scouts to watch him.
Ben Elliott (CM) Brighton, Brentford and Southampton have a declared interest in taking him as a Free Agent in the summer.
Joe Aribo (CM) Rangers do not want to sell but the player will be aware of Aston Villa, Southampton and Leicester showing an interest. Away at AFCON so an immediate move is unlikely but perhaps the summer will see the player push.}
Angelo Fulgini (CM/AM) Feyenoord had an offer rejected last summer. Southampton and Everton have looked at the player.
Filip Djuricic (AM/LW) Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk have a declared interest. Sassuolo will sell if they gat a €12M offer.
Ritsu Doan (AM/RW) PSV are willing to let the player leave in January having identified an upgrade to him. Shakhtar Donetsk and Southampton have shown an interest although getting a Work Permit to play in England may be difficult.
Mohamed-Ali Cho (F/RW) Clubs have had to tread carefully due to his age and him having an agent but there is a great deal of interest in the ex-Everton youngster. Angers will resist a sale once he is 18 unless a very good deal is put to them. A number of sides including Southampton, Milan, Atletico and Chelsea have been watching him but he may be best served staying in Ligue 1 for a while longer.
Khayon Edwards (S) Youngster who, like so many do nowadays, is demanding guarantees of game time and refusing to sign a contract. Southampton are cherry picking such kids and can offer better guarantees than Chelsea who will give him a roadmap but no guarantees. Scouts from a couple of German clubs have looked at him. Arsenal are very keen to keep him.

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11 Jan 2022 17:02:38
Thanks for this insight Ed. I was hoping that Dean Henderson might feature on your list, given there are rumours linking him with Saints, but I suspect there is little substance to it, more wishful thinking.
I must confess, I don’t know too much about most of the players you have listed which strikes me that in this window, we are unlikely to secure anyone who is a shoe in to the starting eleven. At best, we are looking at consolidating the squad and perhaps developing future talent.
This is where our problem is - we are not at the races when it comes to improving the starting lineup. We bring in players who do not offer much more than what we have already got. So in terms of quality on the park, the names might change but there is little prospect of improving the levels we are currently at. That is down to market forces i.e. we are not in the business of bringing in 30 million pound players or am I being glass half empty?!

{Ed002's Note - I would likely not hold your breath over Henderson. Dean Henderson (G) Manchester United want to keep DH but he wants guarantees with Ajax, Borussia Dortmund and Spurs considering their options. Newcastle may offer an immediate solution. Common sense dictates keep Henderson but I suspect the club think otherwise. Perhaps a loan again, else another hostage being held by Manchester United.

As for your second point, traditionally Southampton have done well picking up lesser know players. The scouting system in England has also been very good over the years and the youngster picked up from Chelsea have worked out well.}

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11 Jan 2022 23:49:19
I make you right Ed and absolutely, Tino is a gem. Be great to keep Broja too!

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08 Jan 2022 20:14:42
We never make it easy for ourselves do we!
Good result - always good to be in the hat and hopefully we can take the momentum into Tuesday's game against Brentford.

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05 Jan 2022 09:15:15
Quite a bombshell to start the NY with - new owners and with that, raised expectations. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how this will affect the club. Early statements suggest "no revolution" and business as usual because we are a "well run club".
I am cautiously optimistic that we can expect more demands for on field performance from the hierarchy as this will affect their stated ambitions for company growth - they need Saints to be successful to enhance business profile elsewhere.
I just don't know - maybe we can become less of a selling club and hang on to our prized assets. Or maybe there will be little appreciable difference from the fans' perspective.
I would be interested to hear what people think.

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05 Jan 2022 21:39:51
I’d hope this will lead to something of a second black box revolution, being sensible in the market and no more Osvaldo or Ramirez buys. We do seem to be leaning into a method we experimented with a while back, buying fringe players off the bigger clubs, but unlike Lemina and Hojbjerg we now are looking at Chelsea and City having pinched KWP from Spurs as well.

I can’t see us hammering away at our transfer fee record, however unlike Gao, who unfortunately seemed to have his hands tied by the Chinese government once he bought us, we will hopefully now get investment, even if it is ‘just’ a few £10m each window, as opposed to having to always sell to buy. Small, sensible acquisitions, maybe £20m for the odd player who will become a future star.

The squad is in a decent place, we have a loan to pay off but given Gao bought us for £200m a few years ago and we are now worth £100m + £78m in debts, and the owners have the money, we should be looking up as there is in effect money spare to invest into the club.

Hopefully one or two buys this window, and kick on in the summer. For now we look ok - given Burnley, Newcastle and Norwich have won 4 times between them this season I think 34 is probably the mark, so a few more wins and we’ll be okay, then from summer onwards hopefully a better outlook for the club and city as a whole.

I’m glad we haven’t been Newcastled, I’d rather someone who would like to grow the club organically rather than sportswashing it.

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06 Jan 2022 12:01:03
I'm very excited by the takeover, it has to be said. To be the staple in a football club investment strategy that looks to echo what Red Bull has done is a very exciting prospect. It'll take some time to implement and a lot could change by the time the project gets to where the owners want it to be.

That being said, in the short term, I think we'll be more stable as a club. Having investors that will want to invest in the club and the first team, to ensure its success and PL status will put us in a better position. For example, I don't think these guys will go down the route of what we make in the transfer market will dictate what we can spend in the transfer market. If they feel like that club needs the investment of new players to improve year on year, I'm sure they will help us out.

As you mentioned, I think we'll still look to be a "selling" club. Whereby we'll use our black-box method to look to unearth gems, who we can buy and sell for a substantial profit. However, with the direction of modern football and the inflation of transfer prices, I do think that if the club feels like they could buy the next big thing for a hirer price than what we're used to paying, then they might well pay that. So we might just see our transfer record broken.

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07 Jan 2022 07:35:25
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. What a fabulous result with the Club’s takeover and future prospects therein.As per SaintGGsy recent post I tend to absolve GAO for lack of investment as the Chinese Communist Government imposed severe restrictions on any funds leaving China.However it appears the SFC now has a much brighter future and with Ramus Andersen involved at the helm which may result iin Ralph’s overall responsibilities being diluted but allowing him more time to concentrate on fine tuning the Team to achieve better results.Failure in this respect and Ralph may well be looking over his shoulder in the direction of Brentford FC.!

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28 Dec 2021 16:58:18
Wow what a great point a real backs to the wall performance credit to all the players and I am the first to admit that Ralph got it right, it also helps to have a goalkeeper that looks the part and I hope that he keeps his place for the rest off the season

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30 Dec 2021 20:51:47
Great point In the circumstances Norfolk Saint and a real tonic as we set up for Newcastle (Covid permitting).

However, not so sure on your assessment of Forster! He’s just as likely to cost us the game as he is win us the game. One top drawer save and one absolute howler which was fortuitously disallowed by Mr Taylor.

Hopefully, with a run of games his confidence and form will return but we desperately need a new GK.

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18 Nov 2021 19:27:49
Is there any truth in the rumours of saints wanting to buy Sam Johnston from West Brom and Ritsu Doan from PSG in the January window?

{Ed002's Note - Sam Johnstone (G) Will not be sold in January but Spurs, West Ham and Southampton may look to offers in the summer.
Ritsu Doan (AM/RW) PSV are willing to let the player leave in January having identified an upgrade to him. Shakhtar Donetsk and Southampton have shown an interest although getting a Work Permit to play in England may be difficult.}

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18 Oct 2021 11:23:13
EDs, do you know whether our loan deal with Chelsea for Broja has an option to buy?

I note that in recent seasons, players have been loaned between clubs with an option, but the option itself hasn't been widely reported, so it appears to be a straight loan. The KWP loan from Tottenham, if memory serves, was reported as a loan with no mention of an option until much later in the season/ start of the summer.

{Ed002's Note - There is no otion to buy Broja.}

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27 Sep 2021 12:00:20
Had a bit of hope having not lost in four, but that's evaporated now. I don't necessarily think that Ralph needs to go yet, but he needs a number two to balance him out as he tries to get too clever when there's no need.

No goals in three, players already being played out of position. Classic Ralph trying to find wins when there's no creativity out there.

Forster
Perraud, Bednarek, Salisu, KWP
Romeu
Armstrong, JWP, Tino, Tella/ Moi
Armstrong

That's the best XI I think (injuries aside) - feel Tino is a bit wasted at the back when we have a very good RB anyway, free him up further forward somewhere in midfield.

But that might be tinkering Ralph can't work out while he's busy playing a RB at LB and playing Redmond at all.

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30 Sep 2021 09:40:37
I agree SaintGGsy. If Redmond and Djenepo played for Watford, Newcastle, Norwich or any of the other lower Prem league teams they would struggle to get a seat on the bench yet Ralph seems to think that they both do a good job in the starting 11 for us. Unless Ralph comes up with a winning formula over the next 6 weeks I think he'll be gone before Christmas.

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30 Sep 2021 12:43:15
That is a very damning truth. Went to watch Bristol City play last weekend as I live in Bristol and he definitely wouldn’t have stood out if he had been playing in that game. He probably wouldn’t make Fulham’s bench either. It is worrying if the management cannot see something that tens of thousands of fans can.

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30 Sep 2021 14:47:19
The problem is, we're a selling club. We look for young players with big potential and sign them (Redmond, Djenepo, even Elyounoussi) . We give them big contracts, they don't ever reach that potential and even get worse over time. So what happens? The large clubs won't want to buy them (like we initially hoped) . Mid-tier clubs won't buy them because they can buy better talent at the same rate. Smaller clubs won't buy them because they afford them. So they need to stay at Southampton. Of course, that doesn't mean these players need to play every match.

But I agree with both of you, neither players offer us anything going forward. They don't create enough chances. They just fill space on the pitch.

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02 Oct 2021 08:43:22
It is bizarre that Ralph can not spot what is so obvious to thousands. He keeps changing the forward line, but with virtually no service coming in from midfield/ wingers, we’ll never score goals. The contribution to attack from Djenepo and Redmond is virtually zero; add in the two defensive midfielders in Romeu and JWP and there isn’t a hope in hell of one of them doing a defence splitting pass.
In fact most of our attacking impetus comes from Tino and Perraud/ KWP
As everyone is saying, playing KWP at right back and move Tino forward. But I’m guessing just like Ralph’s stubbornness over not playing Tella, he will only play Tina at right back….
Another game against a great manager and team. Their manager will change the dynamics of their team multiple times over the game; Ralph will bring in Djenepo….

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31 Aug 2021 12:54:18
Deadline day and not a rumour posted!
Perhaps we've done all the incoming business or is there a rabbit to be pulled out of the hat?!
Still hoping for a GK and an attack minded central midfielder although I suspect that won't be before the January sales!

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31 Aug 2021 21:00:54
Looks like we are done. Some good names still going around, McKennie, Minimino and Barclay. Any bets on Saints pulling something out of the hat late?

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31 Aug 2021 23:01:42
I highly doubt it as I write at 11.01pm lol!

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25 Aug 2021 15:06:45
Looks like Lyanco signing later today for approximately £7.5m.

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25 Aug 2021 15:33:19
The signing has been confirmed.

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24 Aug 2021 11:13:57
Thierry Small signed up.

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24 Aug 2021 11:54:43
Great signing!
I’m sure somebody mentioned before, but thinking about the reasons behind playing Tino ahead of KWP in the first two games may have been a Ralph’s statement to him that Saints will play young players in the PL - so sign the contract!

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23 Aug 2021 23:47:34
Well, have to say that when the Saints Team was announced yesterday, both myself and Rob Easton (My best friend for 55 years) were dumbstruck. We haven't missed a game at St Marys for 8 years plus.

Being a Saints fan is an "Art Form" you have to roll with the punches and enjoy the high points, but as an RH supporter, i thought he had lost the plot.

How would he have played Theo Walcott, and Alex McCarthy again after last week?

To be fair to Ralph, we put one hell of a performance in collectively, but surely Fraser Forster is a safer pair of hands and how could we leave out Kyle Walker-Peters and Nathan Tella.?

Theo hasn't got the legs and Alex, just too leaky!

Brightest Points this season, Tino Livramento, Mohamed Salisu are fantastic. JWP committing to extend his long run at Saints is bloody marvellous, with luck he will be the next 'Lifer" very rare in this day and age, a true Saints legend in the making.

Hope Stuart Armstrong stays, he is for me our best outfield consistent player, just love the way he picks up the ball and heads towards goal true asset.

Want to say a 'Big Thank You' to the management, they have done a great job at recruitment this year in difficult circumstances. Its easy to think that more money would help, it wouldn't, attitude, fortitude and sheer hard work is paying off 'Well Done' all!

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20 Aug 2021 15:33:44
Lyanco is the new CB if reports are to be believed. Looks like a solid unit with decent pace, a good passer and plenty of serie A experience.
Is this true Ed or just more rumour mongering?

{Ed002's Note - Lyanco (CB) Torino have said they have been talking with Celta Vigo and Watford about the player and that Real Betis have made a firm offer and and Southampton have asked for details. Southampton, who see him as an option to Joe Worrell, and Watford may have to confirm a Work Permit will be available.}

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20 Aug 2021 16:50:06
Apparently he’s our last senior incoming this window. So an injury to a central midfielder or full back and we are screwed. And at least half a season with McCathy and Forster in goal at least, woooooop.

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20 Aug 2021 21:14:38
Apparently flying in for medical with us tomorrow.

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22 Aug 2021 18:37:21
David James comments on Twitter the man who was bankrupt after a career in football what a sketch twit he is sell some more stuff fishy🤣.

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22 Aug 2021 19:58:36
Bruno Fernandes wants a foul ole backs him Jesus what is wrong with these people never a foul this year or last year. Ole has the two most overrated midfielders in the league in Fernandes and pogba.

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18 Aug 2021 15:12:26
Must mean business and get a central defender in. I can't see why we aren't searching for a young goalkeeper either. McCarthy should not be No1.

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17 Aug 2021 17:25:21
Saints linked to Ethan Ampadu. definitely fits the brief of a versatile DC or DM and is still only 20 years old.

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17 Aug 2021 17:56:59
Yes please.

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17 Aug 2021 18:08:27
Newcastle also looking at Ampadu.

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17 Aug 2021 21:53:14
Come on Saints. This is the chance to prove we mean business. Pay the money, get it done.

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18 Aug 2021 14:43:45
Sadly a loan is off the table for Ampadu as we can’t loan 2 from the same side (Chelsea) .

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19 Aug 2021 07:56:33
We’ve only loaned one player from Chelsea?

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19 Aug 2021 11:30:33
Correct, but you can’t loan 2 from the same club, so no more loans from Chelsea. Loans from other clubs would be ok.

{Ed002's Note - Only one more loan is possible.}

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19 Aug 2021 12:32:56
Absolutely. A maximum of 2 loans allowed. So only one more which last year Ralph saved until Jan for Minimino.

{Ed002's Note - Two at any one time but a maximum of four (excepting exceptional circumstances over goalkeepers.}

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16 Aug 2021 17:59:27
I'm reading that we are looking at Joe Worrall from Nottingham Forest to replace Vestegaard.

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16 Aug 2021 18:52:46
So Ralph will play him on the left wing and Diallo centre back . apologies for my cynical answer . losing the faith after another Ralph debacle.

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17 Aug 2021 06:31:34
Ralph doesn't buy the players there's a whole team behind the scenes. We are buying championship players, how can you expect more than championship football. Don't forget players like vestergard and Bertrand were available this window. Talk of zouma being available. Tammy, loftus cheek, the ox. Our board sanctioned our players in not the manager, they failed to keep the stars we had. Ralph isn't the best at making subs but we also have nothing of value to bring on except hope.

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18 Aug 2021 15:38:55
Nothing of value to bring on? You mean subs?
KWP
Diallo
Armstrong
Tella

For starters.

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20 Aug 2021 09:33:04
Two of those players should have started and the other two aren't going to set the world alight.

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