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Palace Now Lead The Race For A Cheeky Loan Deal.
Monday, 10th Jul 2017 09:31 by Arron Sanders

It looks like Saints will lose out to Crystal Palace in the race to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek, however Arron Sanders wonders whether this is really a priority area for Saints.


According to today's Daily Telegraph, Frank de Boer is set to make Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek his first signing as Crystal Palace manager.

Loftus-Cheek is close to joining on a season's loan after Palace stole a march on Saints to sign the England under-21 international ahead of further competition from Newcastle and Brighton.

Chelsea sources have revealed that Loftus-Cheek is expected to complete the formalities of his move to Palace in the next 24 hours, after he was made available for loan by Antonio Conte.

The news will disappoint those Saints supporters, who were up beat last week that the club were leading the race for the youngsters signature.

However if the latest reports do come to fruition, I am in no doubt their are plenty more targets for a central midfield player inside famous the black box.

I do find it interesting that Saints are trying to strengthen this area of the squad, as I don't see it as a priority area unlike the Centre back position but maybe a long term replacement for Steven Davis is the idea?

What do you think Saints fans should we look to strengthen in central midfield? or should we be focusing on other areas?

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Keesie66 added 10:09 - Jul 10
I'm disappointed if we were to lose out to CP (really..are they above us in the picking order?), I always understood we had a great relationship with Chelsea at least that is what we were told. Off course we need scoring midfielders who else scores plenty of goals from our present midfield???? Looks like CP will splash the cash more than Saints, I honestly do not think we need too many new players but currently our transfer activity is "0" and pre season games are starting...... once again a confusing & late start to our season.....
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dirk_doone added 10:37 - Jul 10
Having a high profile manager like Frank de Boer was always going to give them the edge. It did for us when we had Koeman.
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redandwhitedee added 10:43 - Jul 10
very pleased to miss out on this guy. If we can keep hold of Clasie and trim some weight off Hojbjerg, they provide sufficient strength in depth for CM. we dont need more
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Sanguin added 10:52 - Jul 10
I’m not convinced there is a lot in this story. Saints may have enquired about him, but I don’t think Chelsea are interested in a loan-to-buy deal and it’s not the Southampton way to put loan signings in the way of academy players.
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redandwhitedee added 10:52 - Jul 10
the reality is that we don't need any new players. just keep the guys we have now. maybe bring a replacement for rodrigues if sam gallacher is not ready, but otherwise we have a great squad.. Austin is like a new signing, and will boost the only thing we lacked.. goals
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highfield49 added 11:16 - Jul 10
Probably an indication of the player's lack of ambition, he can continue to live in London and have longer in bed before sauntering into training mid-morning hahah. Palace could struggle again this season without Fat Sam motivating them to get fit.
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SaintBrock added 13:39 - Jul 10
IF TRUE.

LES STILL SEEMS TO HAVE THIS WEIRD NOTION THAT BY DEVINE RIGHT HE ALONE CAN TURN LEAD WEIGHTS INTO GOLD INGOTS. IT BEGGARS BELIEF THAT THE MAN CAN BE SO ARROGANT. IF THE PLAYER CAN'T CUT THE MUSTARD AT CHELSEA WHY IS HE GOING TO SUCCEED HERE?

ARE WE REALLY REDUCED TO SIGNING ONLY OTHER PEOPLE'S CAST OFF'S?

SORRY FOR THE CAPS, CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO TYPE AGAIN EVEN IF I COULD REMEMBER WHAT WAS SAID.
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redwight added 18:04 - Jul 10
Sorry to state the bleedin' obvious, but we did just exactly that with Bertrand.
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