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Saints And Celtic Said To Have Lost Out On Number One Goalkeeping Target
Monday, 10th Jun 2024 15:23

Reports are coming through that Southampton and Celtic have both been too slow in pursuing their top goalkeeping target in this transfer window and will now have to look elsewhere. have revealed that Bayer Leverkusen keeper Patrick Pentz, said to be Southampton's top target right up until today has signed a 4 year contract with Brondby.

Pentz spent last season on loan at the Danish club and they wasted no time to agree a deal with him, although with the transfer window not officially opening until Friday, no actual pen could be put to paper until then.

But perhaps Saints are not too disappointed, Pentz who started his career in his native Austria, has not yet set the World alight, he made his name with Austria Wien and was their regular keeper up until 2022, he then moved to Reims in France in the summer of that year but played just 7 games before losing his place.

he then went to Bayer Leverkusen for the second half of the 2022/23 season, but did not play a game,he was only an unused sub and the German side loaned him out to Brondby in the summer of 2023.

That has now seemingly turned into a four year permanent deal with the transfer fee probably around £2.5 million, so it is questionable whether Saints would really be that keen on signing a keeper valued so low for what is going to be a tough Premier League season.

So perhaps this report suggests an agent trying to up the ante for his client ahead of the contract being completed on Friday.

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derbydog added 16:16 - Jun 10
You keep doing this. Of course he can sign a contract. The one between the clubs will be post-dated to July 1st or later. He can sign now with terms beginning July 1st. Basic contract law!

SaintNick added 17:35 - Jun 10
Basic contract law does not always apply to football and the laws differ depending on the situation, if a player is out of contract he can negotiate with other clubs in the last six months of his current deal, but only if they are from abroad.

If it is with another club then he cannot start negotiating until he is within the final month of his contract, Ie after June 1st

derbydog added 18:49 - Jun 10
And he can sign a post dated contract this month which is what I said. Transfers are happening every day with contracted footballers too post dated to July or later

Colburn added 21:09 - Jun 10
Fascinating debate….
Not gonna lose too much sleep about this guy if we were after him. I would have hoped that there were a few decent keepers out there looking at us as a great option. It’s always a bit difficult to assemble the new squad in summers where there’s a tournament. With so many teams having to tighten belts and wheel n deal a little more, it could be the start of August before we know if we get all of our main targets or plan b. It could be a manic couple of weeks with not much pre season for the new players. I just hope we can sign Downes so we have some continuity.

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