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Saints Linked With Greek Defender.
Monday, 3rd Jul 2017 16:20 by Arron Sanders

Arron Sanders looks at the the latest player to be linked with a move to Southampton Football Club.

Southampton are reportedly expressing interest in signing Olympiacos' 19-year-old defender Panagiotis Retsos. The Greek Center-back has been at the heart of the Greek side for the last couple of seasons and is an very promising talent.

They will face stiff competition for the player from a host of clubs, however the 20m Euro price-tag muted appears to be putting sides of making an approach, Saints are reported to be keen to negoiate, and Olympiacos have stated that the most recent bid has come from a Premier League side, could this be Saints?

It would certainly fit the clubs transfer policy to move for the young defender. With Olympiacos playing in the Champions League, there is potential that his value skyrockets from the current evaluation.

Along with experience of playing European football he would bring to the side, a player of this ilk playing and learning along side Virgil Van Dijk could be a good combination.

However the premier league is tough stage to learn on, and it will be a tough fight with the likes of Stephens and Yoshida as well as new signing Jan Bednarek to partner the Dutchman at the heart of the defence this season.

Is the prospect of signing Panagiotis Retsos something that appeals to you Saints fans? or would you prefer the club give the likes of Stephens and Maya Yoshida a chance this year?

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VancouverSaint added 16:47 - Jul 3
Sounds like good planning for the future. VVD for maybe one more season (more I hope) with Yoshida or Stephens to play alongside. Yoshida has his contract with one year left so he may not re-sign. The Pole and Greek guys are young ones for the future. Good planning me thinks.

halftimeorange added 16:55 - Jul 3
The signing of any young prospect is worthwhile. Saints research meticulously. Occasionally we get a bum steer such as Vergard Forren but not too often.
The speculation regarding Van Dijk won't be over until he starts playing again for Saints and looks like he wants to but, irrespective of that, Retsos, if it's true, and Bednarek are unlikely to appear in the EPL next season unless there is a dire emergency.

Jesus_02 added 17:43 - Jul 3
Cant see it ATM ... we already have 2 youngsters in Bednarek and Stephens. If either Yoshi or VVD go we should be looking for experience another young CB would just cause congestion like in midfield

highfield49 added 18:57 - Jul 3
Surely Gardos or Yoshi must be on their way out if this rumour has any merit? Stephens has possibly passed both in terms of future involvement and Bednarek will be pushing hard for game time as well. VVD has, hopefully, been convinced to give it his best shot for at least another year and he'd have to be really unlucky for the likes of Vardy to put him on the treatment table for another half season. Can't wait for Swansea at present, already wishing for a 3-0 start!

StRipper added 00:27 - Jul 4
This signing would make good sense to me. Play alongside VVD as suggested to grow into the role. A good bit of competition between Stephens and Bednarek to try to build into long term replacements over this season to go with Retsos once VVD leaves

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