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Three Days To Go To The Season Will There Be A Southampton Transfer Shock !
Wednesday, 3rd Aug 2022 10:22

With just three days to go before the start of the 2022/23 Premier league season Saints are coming up on the rumour mill and being linked with both incoming and outgoing transfer deals, will any of them come to fruition.

The biggest news seems to be that Chelsea are after Kyle Walker Peters, this seems a strange one given that Chelsea are well stocked in the full back department and are linked with other signings both at right and left back.

I would say that this one is more of a stalking horse by Chelsea or the media trying to stir up page hits, why would Walker Peters go to be a back up to one of the players he is hoping to move in front of in the England squad.

If Tino Livramento was fit this might have a some sort of logic about it, but he isn't likely to be until the New Year, so I can't see KWP going anywhere just yet, especially when he knows a good start to the season with Saints will put him in the frame for a place in England's World Cup squad.

Jan Bedarek looked likely to be the first man out of St Mary's and his body language at the end of last season seemed to say that he was expecting to go, his body language this season isn't much different, but it is more of a man whose agent had assured him there were plenty of club's ready to sign him, only for that to be proved to be a load of old codswallop, Bednarek now looks like a man who knows he is stuck where he is.

Leeds United continue to be linked with Che Adams and more strangely at a fee roughly half his actual value, with two years left on his contract Saints are in no desperation to sell and are short in forwards at the moment.

This rumour seems to be one where Leeds are looking to use the media to try and placate their fans after some big name departures, I can't see this one happening unless Ralph Hasenhuttl truly has two experienced strikers about to put pen to paper in coming to St Mary's.

That brings us on to potential incoming transfers, Moussa Dembele continues to be heavily linked with several sources claiming that the deal is imminent, but so far nothing, with Saints usually getting things done under the radar, this could be a goer, whether it is done in time for him to feature at Tottenham Hotspur is another question.

Armando Broja keeps on coming up, two months ago he was linked with all and sundry at £50 million, now the potential suitors are dwindling, I said at the tail end of last season that I thought another loan deal to St Mary's could be on the cards, that is looking increasingly likely with the player not in the frame for Thomas Tuchel's first team squad and running out of options.

So the countdown to the season is on, 3 days to go !

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SanMarco added 11:27 - Aug 3
I thought we were promised that ALL business would be done well in time for the start of the season. Hopefully not as I believe our first team squad is no stronger in the short term than it ended last season. Ralph won't be playing these youngsters regularly to start with. Lots more JS et al from where I sit.

I will stand to be corrected but isn't Bednerak's body-language always a bit like that??

RedandWight added 11:37 - Aug 3
I'd be really pleased to see Moussa Dembele in a Saints shirt probably more so than Broja: I really rate Broja but we know we would have him for 1 season only and then his value to buy would be out of our range. Whereas Dembele is also a very good striker (albeit in a different mould to Broja) and he is available now at a good price which we can afford

JoeEgg added 11:58 - Aug 3
Yep Ralph's in trouble with no sign still of the striker we so badly need. So expext 1-9-1 at Spurs for damage limitation!

A1079 added 12:51 - Aug 3
I am not expecting anything to happen between now and Saturday or even between now and the Leeds game at home. I would not be surprised if there is a flurry of activity possibly out or in towards the end of the window and we may get a feel for that if certain players are not played.

In terms of Saturday (which I am attending) - I am expecting us to get well beaten.

Block8 added 13:11 - Aug 3
Agree with SanMarco, Bednarek always looks a bit languid so I don't think he lacks effort at all.
Moussa Dembele could be a good signing not sure what his wages are currently and if he plays well will have a good sell on value,
What happened to Levi Colwill thought he was almost here and also Sam Edozie was on his way. We have been linked with almost every premier league youth player that wants a move. This shows where clubs/press/agents think we are and it is extremely unlikely anyone will be here before Saturday and I think we'll struggle to get a striker in before the window shuts.

IWOZTHERE added 14:46 - Aug 3
Broja or any striker should not be a loan deal. If successful, he will just be 'picked off' at the end of the season and we'll be in exactly the same state as now. Dig deep!

Monksway added 18:57 - Aug 3
I don't think anything will happen this week, but suspect there will be activity just before the window closes after issues are identified in the first few weeks. I think we need two - a cover full back able to play both sides and another centre back if we ship goals again.

PeterL22 added 17:15 - Aug 4
Dembele may be better than nothing, but he didn’t really se the PL on fire when he was last over here. Broja (even for one season) has a better track record. We are in dire straits up front.

GRIM added 10:57 - Aug 5
The only shock will be if the Owners shell out any more cash for the striker that Ralph keeps promising is coming.
It would not be a shock if we sold Che Adams & we're left with just Adam Armstrong as our only striker.
Ralph may even be desperate enough to bring in his own Son , he's a striker (joking).


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