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Premier League Season Ends ! Silly Season Opens
Monday, 27th Jul 2020 13:27

Well it's a couple of month's late, but the Transfer Window opened today and will be open for 10 weeks, find out here all the dates and some of the players linked with Saints.

Premier League Shareholders have agreed on the dates for the summer 2020 transfer window and there will be a subtle twist at the end of it.

The window will open for 10 weeks starting today on 27 July and ending on 5 October.

Following consultation with the EFL, a domestic-only window will be added from 5 October, closing 17:00 BST on 16 October.

During this window, Premier League clubs will only be able to trade with EFL clubs (either loans or permanent registrations). No transfers can take place between Premier League clubs in this extra period.

Last season's experiment of shutting the transfer window on the eve of the Premier League season has been abandoned as most club's felt that it disadvantaged those clubs playing in Europe as well as leaving our clubs exposed to bids from abroad but unable to replace those who departed.

Saints will be looking to get their business done early both incoming and outgoing, so here is a quick run down on what might and might not happen.

Pierre Emile Hojbjerg- Saints are resigned to losing him but do not appear phased to do so, the player prefers Spurs but they are unable or unwilling to match the terms that have been accepted by Everton. This may run a little longer than it should, but ultimately we have to sell this summer or see his value plummet in the last year of his contract.

Kyle Walker- Peters - This transfer looked unlikely at the start of lockdown, but the player seems to have played his way into favour and seems keen to make a permanent move, Saints have stated that they do not want to make this part of the Hojbjerg transfer and are beleived to have an option to buy at around £11 million, this could well be the first incoming deal.

Kevin Danso _ This looks an unlikely permanent move given that the last of his 3 Premier League starts came back in September and since then he has played just 68 minutes in 3 appearances as sub, the last in November.

Mohammed Salisu - This deal seems to be advanced but is not home and dry yet, Saints CEO Martin Semmens has actually broke the usual silence to comment on this one.

“Most of the stuff you see on social media isn’t always true," he told BBC Radio Solent.

“This one probably has a bit more truth to it. It has been very clearly documented, to my surprise, exactly what has been happening.

“He is a player we have looked at for a long time, a really high quality young player in Europe who would really add something to our squad.

“We are in a process and we hope that we are lucky enough to get him.

“We are very aware that some of the biggest and best clubs in Europe have looked for him

“We offer him something different, which is a pathway to get better, physically and technically playing in the first team in the Premier League.

“We hope that opportunity and the pathway we have shown for other players will attract him here, but we’ll know more soon.

“It would be truthful to say that we have had that discussion. These things are complicated, but it is fair to say to everyone that he is one we are looking very closely at.”

Weston McKennie - Saints are linked but this seems like the players agent alerting the media to the fact that his client would like a move and naming a few clubs to make him seem in demand.

Saints are also looking to offload a few of the players who are out on loan at present, with the contracts on some now entering the final couple of years, there is now a chance to do a deal at a realistic price as the player can now afford to take a pay cut for the security of a new long term contract elsewhere.

Wesley Hoedt is likely to go to a Belgium club quite quickly he is keen to go and Saints are likely to take a reduced fee of around the £6 million mark to get him off the books.

Harrison Reed - He is not seen as a replacement for Hojbjerg and Saints will look to get a around the £5 million mark for a player who has proved himself at Championship level but not truly for Saints where he has started only 6 Premier League games plus another 11 as sub since his debut almost 7 years ago, his last appearance in a Saints shirt will have been 3/12 years ago by the time the Premier League restarts.

Guido Carrillo - Again Saints will take a big hit on Carrillo who in fairness never had much of a chance at the club, in his 5 Premier League starts for Saints plus 2 as sub, he was not outstanding, but those games came as we were in freefall and in truth he was no worse than those around him.

Mario Lemina- The player is making all the right noises about a transfer, but the truth is he always does, he has always been a squad player rather than a started and he is not that bothered about playing as long as he is getting paid well, will he take a drop in salary ? History suggests not.

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TimSaint added 13:53 - Jul 27
With the Spanish Transfer Window not opening until 4th August, I doubt we can actually do anything with the Salisu deal for another week or so yet.
Here is my take on some of our fringe players....

Elyounoussi - signed another season on loan at Celtic
Goalkeepers - with FF returning, we need rid of at least 1, sold or loan
Hoedt - Apparently going as he reckons there is a queue of clubs after him
Yoshida - contract expired, so has left the club I presume
Vestergaard - Hopefully the Leicester interest will resurface in August
Danso - The experiment hasn't work, return to sender
Valery - If he doesn't want to be cover for a new signing, sell or loan
Hojbjerg - Off to anyone prepared to pay £25+m for him
Reed - Big step up from Champ to Prem but give a go, or loan / sell
McQueen - Is he alive ? Struggled with injury. Loan, Sell or Release
Sims - At best another loan to US or English Champ club, so sell if poss
Lemina - Take the hit, get him and his ego off our books and sell for £10m
Boufal - 1 yr left, offers little despite his skills, sell whilst he has some value
Slattery - Showed potential but then Smallbone came in. Loan him out ?
Hesketh - Needs another loan, or sell, as probably won't make the grade
Carrillo - Not going to work for us, take the hit and sell to whoever offers £8m

Wow - so many, in fact that is a squad probably capable of staying up in the Championship !!

Sanguin added 14:01 - Jul 27
Is Reed not seen as a replacement for Hojbjerg? Where is there proof of that? I expect Fulham will take him if they get promoted, if not then I think Hassenhuttl will take a look at him. He's one of the best defensive midfielders in the championship and already plays in a style that suits Hassenhuttl. He may well be finally ready to make the step up.

I don't think we can get anyone as good as Hojbjerg. Hojbjerg has looked disinterested in his most recent games, but at his best he improves the side. Between Romeu and Reed we're probably set, I think Reed's passing ability is better than Romeu's, although I understand that Chelsea signed Romeu for his passing ability so who knows.

Lemina started 25 games in his first season and 21 games in his second. His second season was blighted by an injury he seemed to be rushed back from. On his day he's world class and with the right attitude could have a decent run in the side next season.

IanRC added 14:59 - Jul 27
Agree with most of TimSaints post except that I would really like to see Josh Sims given a chance, notwithstanding the competition he faces. Also seems to bring something fresh when he comes on, albeit rarely.

schatfield added 16:18 - Jul 27
Fulham fans tend to rate Reed as one of their players of the season....he has done very well. Certainly feel he is probably worth a punt for next season at least although he only has 1 year left on his contract so if he is decent we would need to get him signed on for longer sharpish.
All has gone quiet on FF - I agree with others, 3 senior keepers doesnt work, especially for a club like us. One needs to go...

TimSaint added 18:51 - Jul 27
IanRC - the thing with Sims is that he has something there, but is not consistent enough to get picked every week.
Last season against Spurs he was great, Wolves he was good - but missed 2 or 3 excellent chances to score. The next game away to Newcastle, he was woeful, light weight and had a mare.
Perhaps the fact that we have Redmond, Armstrong, Djenepo, JWP, Smallbone, Boufal, Long, Elyounoussi, McQueen and possibly Obafemi who can all play in his position, has persuaded RH that he is surplus to requirements. (not to mention the US league season dates not really being compatible with our league, meaning he is restricted further !!).

Either way, it will be an interesting window and hopefully we will have a good clear out of 10 players and replace them with 4 quality signings.

underweststand added 19:08 - Jul 27
for the sake of the club's financial stability, I'd be much happier to see all "the misfits" depart permanently than I would be getting excited seeing more unproven newcomers.

Saints rarely buy someone without doing their homework on the player, (perhaps Carrillo was an exception) but the likes of Lemina, Elyonoussi, Vestergaard and Hoedt must have impressed "someone" in order for us to buy them, but outcome hasn't produced anything of consequence, and those five players alone have cost the club around £80 million ...PLUS salaries. Not a good situation.

The bottom line is that " the Prem." is like no other league in the World, and no matter how good a player may look in another team, in another country it takes time to adjust and thankfully Che Adams has belatedly found his way, in what might otherwise have been a wasted season.

Let's hope " the new batch" of incoming players will be worth the outlay.


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