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17 Jan 2020 11:07:38
Oreo and Boufal out? Celta Vigo sniffing around.


1.) 17 Jan 2020 13:50:47
Not sure about anyone else but don't see it happening unless they are permanent deals, I believe Celta would be looking for loans only.

Also fans are starting to throw their toys out of their pram's because of the managers recent comments about maybe not signing anyone in this window. I would take that with a pinch of salt though as clubs knowing we have to do business in this window only puts the price of our targets up, It might just be a clever move from the manager and club putting out to the media that we don't need to do business and then if we do look to do some business we don't seem desperate and have our pants pulled down like in previous transfers.

what are your thoughts EDD's?

{Ed002's Note - Oriol Romeu (DM) wanted by Celta Vigo but I cannot see they will be able to afford him. Southampton may be open to a summer sale.
Sofiane Boufal (LW) Celta Vigo want another loan and Southampton may be open if there was an obligation to buy him in the summer - but finances may be an issue. Milan have enquired after his availability, but no more.

2.) 17 Jan 2020 14:59:10
Thanks Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome Ben.}

3.) 19 Jan 2020 21:47:13
I thought it was excellent man management/ rhetoric from Ralph re new signings .
So lads, i know you've beaten Chelsea and Leicester away and Spurs home, we are keeping clean sheets . but it's still not good enough so i am going to get some more players in .
that's now how you do it!
Leicester was the greatest example of the team far exceeding the quality of the team. The players have been outstanding so respect to Ralph for his words. But please can we sign Redmond's twin brother, i hear he passes the ball :-)



15 Jan 2020 08:09:57
Any legs in the Walker-peters deal Eds? I read that Saints are looking at the possibility of taking him on loan with a view to a permanent deal. I admit I do like these kind of deals, helped us in getting Bertrand and Ings while also stopped us wasting dosh on Caulker, Taider, Elia, and others (Alderweireld the exception) .
Cons with this deal: why on earth would we try to sign someone who cannot dislodge Aurier from the first team?


{Ed002's Note - Kyle Walker-Peters (RB) Crystal Palace have been in discussions with Spurs over taking KWP on loan as the player is keen to leave for game time. The problem is that Spurs are keen to sell Serge Aurier and Milan are pushing for a loan to buy (as they do not have the funds to buy him and a low bid will fall on deaf ears). Milan are also being pushed to take Kenny Tete but could be tempted to offer up Krzysztof Piatek as part of the deal. If Aurier departs it means that any move for KWP could well be delayed until Spurs can get their replacement (ideally Elseid Hysaj as Ricardo Pereira remains unlikely) in. Dougie Freedman has been negotiating on behalf of Crystal Palace and has been told this. A further complication is the interest of Southampton and Brighton in taking KWP on an initial loan. A loan for KWP would allow to concentrate on getting their first choice in the summer.}

1.) 15 Jan 2020 12:47:21
Lots of actors in that play I see. Very much appreciated Ed002.

{Ed002's Note - You are welcome.}



08 Jun 2019 04:28:33
Djenepo has passed his medical, plus Saints still negotiating terms with Birmingham City for Adams is what's reported recently.




04 May 2019 04:45:08
Newly promoted Sheffield United prioritizes making the transfer of first choice loanee keeper Henderson from Man Utd into a permanent one. Heard if that doesn't go through they'll be looking at Joe Hart or big FF.


1.) 04 May 2019 12:25:22
Ralph likes Fraser (might even give him a start before the end of the season) can’t see us letting him go, more likely McCarthy will be off.

2.) 04 May 2019 13:14:30
Even if the only reason Forster made the bench recently is because McCarthy's injured? Before then he's nowhere near the team sheet.

3.) 04 May 2019 16:46:30
Don't think that Fraser will have gained much confidence from today's performance.

4.) 04 May 2019 16:46:59
Good call SaintySaint.

Think today was hopefully a final chance from Ralph at those who have to prove they’re worthy. So Forster, Stephens and Elyounoussi should be gone in a month.

Clearly players on holiday after a fine effort over the past few months which is understable if not incredibly frustrating to see against a not great WH side who have done the double over us.

This must surely show Ralph our need for another CB and attacker or two as well as competition for Valery. He can only do so much when we have players making stupid errors game in game out.

5.) 05 May 2019 11:17:51
Agreed GGsy

Stephens has to go. He was awful yesterday and just isn't up to speed for the prem.
Stephens out with a very good quality cb coming in would give us bednarek, new signing, with vestergaard and yoshida as back up plus youth.
Elyounnoussi. it's clear he hasn't done enough to convince Ralph. Even sims has moved ahead of him it seems, so he needs to go. Can boufal come back in jump on Ralph's train or not? Unsure
I think forster playing is probably us putting him in the shop window. Letting teams know that he's there and he's playing again. Hopefully someone takes him on. I'd let him go for a couple of million if it meant us not having to pay his massive wage.

We need to get rid of a lot of players and bring in 3 maybe 4 really good replacements.

My squad for next year would be
GK: Gunn, McCarthy
RB: valery, new signing
CB: Bednarek, vestergaard, yoshida, new signing + youth
LB: Bertrand, targett
CDM: hojbjerg (new contract please) romeu, lemina, reed + youth
WING/ AM: JWP, sims, Redmond, Armstrong, New signing, Boufal? + youth
ST: Ings, Long, obafemi, new signing + youth.

That's 4 new players to improve us, still leaving a pathway for the academy And leaves us needing to sell:
Forster, Cedric, Stephens, hoedt, clasie, elyounoussi, Boufal? Gallagher, carrillo.
The selling will be the hardest part.

6.) 05 May 2019 13:50:30
Reckon if Ralph stays another two years we’ll have our next crop of Liverpool-bound homegrown stars - Klarer, Sims, Obafemi, Valery, Smallbone etc

Forster, if Sheffield U don’t want him, I could see going to Stoke to replace Butland for £3/ 4m or maybe even Huddersfield as Lossl wants out.
Cedric shouldn’t be too hard a sell if his loan move isn’t made permanent - 10/ 12m.
Boufal I want to be given a chance, if not I reckon someone in the Netherlands or France would want to take him on for £12/ 13m.
Clasie would also be desirable in that part of the world - if not he could suit a very open Norwich side for 6/ 8m.

The rest are going to be hard - Carrillo I want to see more of, if not we’re never getting out £19m back (thanks Pellegrino), Stephens probably won’t want to drop down a league but he probably belongs at Forest or Swansea. Gallagher in a similar situation and standard.

Elyounoussi and Hoedt I pray some poor gullible sod fancies them. Leeds seem pretty bonkers, maybe they’re part of the Zidane rebuild at Real. God knows. But with that much cash and salary space - even more if Lemina wants out - there’s room for two young signings and two (CB and ST) that are a bit more wow. I am quite excited about this window - as long as we’re more noisy than Spurs this time!

7.) 05 May 2019 16:13:04
Think you're being a bit optimistic with the valuation of our players lol
Think we'd be lucky to get 7m for Cedric. 12 months on his contract.
We paid 8m for clasie, won't be getting that back. Also only 12 months left on contract.
Carrillo probably just end up getting loaned again unless we take a huge hit on his value. I reckon 10m at a push.

8.) 07 May 2019 01:05:20
I agree with much of the above, bar transfer values. From what I have been reading, Boufal and Hoedt could stay at Celta if we were to accept low transfer values. Boufal for.

9.) 07 May 2019 03:51:52
Mo has to go. Austin can leave as well, maybe take one of gallagher or Carillo (didn't think he was given a proper go) . Get Adams and Augustin in, a defender like Orban or that Frankfurt guy, and Maehle. Cedric Steph, FF, Clasie can go as well. One of Reed or Lemina to go as well. As well as McQueen.



04 Jan 2019 04:03:28
Davis departure imminent. I would like to thank the bloke for sticking with us through thick and thin and brought a sense of stability and leadership after losing Wanyama and Schneiderlin. Proper engine this guy, and has the technical skills to boot, really an underrated midfielder. Hope he comes back in some kind of coaching capacity.
In other news, Hoedt and Gabbiadini are free to seek pastures new, and Shane Long has interest from Sheffield United.


1.) 04 Jan 2019 10:54:39
I think Long will stay for the rest of the season. He's reliable and Hassenhutl seems to trust that he'll get a good shift out of him - I think he'll want him around short term until he can get his own players in.

Gabbi seems destined to leave this month, and hopefully we can find someone willing to buy Hoedt too.

Hope we do right by Davis, he deserves it. If he wants to leave we shouldn't stand in his way, and if he wants to see his contract out then we shouldn't force him out.

2.) 04 Jan 2019 20:33:04
Love Davo, sad to see him go but he’s not playing and he deserves to finish his career the way he wants.

Happy to get rid of Gabbiadini, over the last two seasons he’s averaged a goal every 258 mins whereas Austin (who’s commonly referred to as ‘not good enough’) has averaged one every 195, Austin puts a shift in and doesn’t moan every time he doesn’t get an inch perfect pass. Gabbiadini’s simply not good enough.

Reckon Long might do okay under Ralph, scored 15? During Koeman’s first season with a similar style of play. I’d imagine Obefemi/ Barnes could do a similar job but I’d keep Long around until the end of the season at least.

3.) 06 Jan 2019 22:44:18
I just look forward to the day I come on a transfer rumour site and not see it about our transfer rumour outs.

I mean yeah we know who needs to go, I personally like Longs work ethic but he just seems to lack any real outstanding talent on the ball. He seems panicked after his first touch.

Has there been any hearsay of possible ins? I just wouldn't mind seeing us linked with a player who has done well in a decent league.

4.) 08 Jan 2019 02:10:37
There haven't been many solid rumours but here is a list of what I've see:

Mendes - Lille
Maja - Sunderland
Selke - Berlin
Trossard - Genk
Elabdellaoui - Olympiacos


We're alleged to buy if we sell.




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12 Feb 2020 05:25:02
That Benrahma fella looks a hell of player. Wouldn't mind a cheeky bid if Brentford don't go up.




26 Jan 2020 04:11:50
Makes you think of how good KWP actually is if he can't even get in front of their calamity of a right back.
On the plus side we came back from a losing position and got a result. Solid display all around particularly Hojbjerg. We definitely have strength and depth in attack, Djenepo and Boufal coming in gives us plenty of options. Though that would be a stumbling block next season when the Africa Cup of Nations begins in January!


1.) 27 Jan 2020 18:44:05
just looking at his stats .
only played 12 premier games in three seasons?
In fact in the last 21 games, he wasn't even in the match squad on 19 and the other two an unused sub!
So either we have seen something Sours haven't, or we are desperate!

2.) 28 Jan 2020 01:55:08
same could be said about Sims though and how many think he should be playing every week?
Could be one that's gone under the radar, could be one that doesn't fit Mourinho's park the bus style of play, could be a dud.

3.) 28 Jan 2020 09:01:05
He could be an interesting signing. Still very young, could adapt to our style of play. If anything it'll be good competition for Valery if Cedric does leave. Although, not too sure what's going on with Valery. The last full back we signed from a big club worked out pretty well, so maybe the same could be said for KWP.

4.) 28 Jan 2020 16:44:47
I am not sure what is going on with Valery, just doesn't seem right? he appears to be training but not playing at any level, almost like he is banned .
Anyway. Saints do have a record of spotting young players with lots of potential. I am just surprised at the fact KWP has played so little and not just under Mourinho but over 3 seasons.
Sims is an interesting one and surprised we have let him go back to the States. So yes i suppose if you look at Sims stats they don't show a promising player.



22 Jan 2020 23:56:47
Vestergaard possible target for Leicester. Think Ralph would sanction that considering we still have Yosh and Danso.


1.) 23 Jan 2020 09:32:27
And if the £15m could be re-invested, then i think it's another un-wanted player headache resolved ;-)

2.) 23 Jan 2020 11:07:00
Pardon me Eds but when Danso signed on loan it is reported that there's an option to make the transfer permanent, what's the value if anyone knows?

{Ed002's Note - The value is not listed on the TMS, so I cannot tell you.}

3.) 23 Jan 2020 12:17:11
Alright Ed002, no problem.



01 Jul 2019 17:41:07
Wonder if the permanent transfer of Ings is considered one of the three attackers Ralph planned to bring in? He's been with us since last season so wouldn't exactly count him as an 'addition'. I reckon the one defender he's looking for is a center back, which possibly rules out a new right back coming. But to be fair Valery deserves a chance and it'll also provide an easier pathway for Ramsay to get some more minutes. Still many more to get rid though.


1.) 01 Jul 2019 22:05:51
Still need to ship 7 or 8 out and I think 2 more in.

2.) 02 Jul 2019 11:32:38
Apologies if this is a stupid question but I believe I’m right in saying Inter haven’t opted to sign Cedric permanently? So is he still in Ralph’s plans or will he be shipped out to help fund the full back we need?

3.) 02 Jul 2019 13:25:15
I think so. Mind you, I think Cedric is a solid enough player and between him and Valery are good choices on right back. I'd like to see more of Ramsay though. Either way a center back should be more of a priority than a right back at the moment. A new CB to compete alongside Vestergaard, Bednarek, and Yoshida provides good options going into the season. Bednarek is currently the best CB we have atm.

4.) 02 Jul 2019 19:56:59
Agree, never really wanted to see Cedric go - I wouldn’t only want Valery and Ramsay as RB cover so glad to keep him. Having recited the CB RB AM ST mantra, I’m glad two have already been ticked off and the defensive cover we need (can’t recall any strong links to LB or CB recently) should be in the pipeline.

Forward players in the form of Adams, Ings, Long, Obafemi, Djenepo, Redmond, Sims, JWP I think is more than adequate - if they all stay fit (big if Danny) there’s at least 50 goals there I reckon. A young and improving CB and established LB will do me.

Can’t see the GK merry go round materialising, but if Lemina goes maybe there’ll be room for further investment in the CM, GK spots.



29 Jun 2019 10:45:00
Well I guess that's goodbye to Matt Targett then. To be honest I'm not really on the same page as the club here. Would rather keep loaning McQueen until Bertie's legs are gone and then integrating Targett and McQueen to battle it out for left back.


1.) 29 Jun 2019 14:55:10
couldn't agree more! Targett was superb when standing in for Ryan B. If Ryan B is injured were in the sh**. Sam M not back for at least 6/ 9 months .

2.) 29 Jun 2019 18:36:22
We have Sam Vokins who has a lot about him too.
Sam McQueen is a fantastic player, such a shame he was so badly injured.
We have to balance the books and Ralph knows where he can cut the cloth, just trust him!

3.) 29 Jun 2019 20:12:23
Jake Vokins even . (maybe he has a brother. :-) )

4.) 01 Jul 2019 11:15:57
Maybe Ralph has someone else lined up to play left defence?

5.) 01 Jul 2019 17:28:26
I guess either Vokins or McQueen, TeeJay.




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23 Jan 2020 11:11:05
He's having a very good season and one of the best right backs in the championship imo. Versatile as well considering he's a midfielder by trade. Think it would be hard to get him in January considering Forest are mounting a serious promotion challenge. If they don't get promoted at the end of the season then I can see it happen.




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17 Jan 2020 06:28:13
We might have to if Bertie leaves. Taking it with a pinch of salt though.




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15 Jan 2020 13:24:21
Doubt Bryan will be able to push Bertie off the starting 11 though. Didn't exactly do well with Fulham in the prem last season. Looks much more solid in the Championship.
Having said that, I'd rather see him in Bertrand's place should he become unavailable, as opposed to us having to use Danso, Cedric, and Hojbjerg there like this season.


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15 Jan 2020 12:47:21
Lots of actors in that play I see. Very much appreciated Ed002.


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13 Jan 2020 14:10:26
In all fairness I respect Spider on how he conducted himself back then. You can see as well from his tweet that he really cares for the club and was frustrated with the quick fire sales that happened at the time. Didn't complain when we asked him to stay for one more season, put his head down and gave his all. He deserved his move.





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05 Feb 2020 09:43:49
Oreo had his best spell with us under Puel when he played at the base of a midfield diamond. His deeper positioning then played to his strengths and allowed him to break up play without having to use his speed (or lack of it) and avoided pushing him high up the pitch. The style Ralph wants to implement sadly doesn't suit him and we were better off going for Josh Brownhill before he left for Burnley.




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23 Jan 2020 12:17:11
Alright Ed002, no problem.




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23 Jan 2020 11:07:00
Pardon me Eds but when Danso signed on loan it is reported that there's an option to make the transfer permanent, what's the value if anyone knows?


{Ed002's Note - The value is not listed on the TMS, so I cannot tell you.}



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14 Jan 2020 02:13:51
It's sad to see the big mess Ross Wilson and Reed had left for Crocker and Glover to clean up. Our list of deadwood is bigger than I can recall in a long time. Getting Hoedt, Vestergaard, Lemina, and Carillo off the books is a big challenge in itself. Cedric, Long, Yoshida, if they do leave at the end of their contracts I believe they won't have any trouble finding new teams, though I'd like Long to stay for one more season. Sims, McQueen, Boufal, Reed are players that I'd like to see stay but sadly it seems they're going to be off as well. Both Elyounoussi and Forster been performing well in their respective loan clubs. I don't mind them staying. If all the players mentioned left then I'd like to see a Center Back, Winger, Right Back, and Striker recruited. 4 signings seems to be the average we make in a transfer window anyways.




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13 Jan 2020 14:06:53
Whether it's on purpose or not he has effectively closed the door on his journey with us. I understand his frustration at not even being given a fresh start but Bednarek took his chance with both hands. Ralph will not be leaving any time soon and the club can afford to lose all three of Hoedt, Vestergaard, and Yoshida providing we sign Danso permanently and get one center back either this window or in the summer.