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Saints Look To Italy For Striker On Loan
Wednesday, 3rd Jul 2019 09:36

Saints are said to have made an offer to AC Milan for a striker on loan, but the Italian club want a permanent deal.

Saints are being reported in Italy as having made an offer to AC Milan for their striker Andre Silva.

According to Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, Southampton have now come forward with a proposal to take Silva to England on loan, with an option to buy set at 18m euros

Silva joined AC Milan from Porto in home country of Portugal back in 2017 for around 35 million euros, but his first season at the San Siro was not a success and last season he was loaned to Sevilla who had an option to buy at 30 million euros, however despite the fact he regained his scoring touch scoring 9 times in 27 La Liga appearances it seems Sevilla are baulking at paying this fee.

Silva who has played 33 times for Portugal scoring 15 goals will turn 24 in November and seems to be of the right type of player that Saints will be looking for in this transfer window.

Ac Milan are reported to have rejected Saints initial offer and are looking at a permanent deal at 25 million euros, given that Saints would also have to pay a loan fee if there offer was accepted , possibly around the same amount that Sevilla paid of 4 million euros for the season, then Saints valuation of the player is not that far off AC's.

That means that there is scope for manoeuvre with the main sticking point being whether Saints are willing to gamble on paying out a club record transfer for a player who although still at a young age has not yet fulfilled his early promise at Porto.

On the face of it this could be an exciting signing for Saints, but how much of this has any substance and how much is the notorious Italian footballing media trying to stir up interest in the player for AC Milan is yet to be revealed.

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SaintBrock added 14:02 - Jul 3
Maybe even Redmond is not exactly the sort of player Hutch fancies for the future, hence a brand new forward line.
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underweststand added 10:16 - Jul 6
Looks like the sort of player who might fit in - providing we don't have a commitment to buy after a season looan. (ala Ings). Why not? ...after last season, we need players who know how to find the back of the net, and although our defence was rocky at times there were many games where an extra goal would have got us 3 points. Last count, we lost 24 points in games where we had taken the lead only to draw / lose at the end.

As long as we end up with one more than the opposition we can live with a leaky defence for a season or two until we find the next VvD, but having a few more goals on the plus side will give us a more comfortable league position, and a chance to buy " a bit more quality"... in a year or two.
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SaintBrock added 13:22 - Jul 6
Absolutely, the current incumbents do not and maybe cannot score enough goals.
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