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Southampton have officially completed the signing of Uruguayan centre-back Martin Caceres on a free transfer.

The 29 year old former Barcelona man left Juventus last summer after his contract expired. At Juve, he won 4 Serie A titles across three spells for the club in 77 appearances. He has not made a competitive appearance since last February, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon. Caceres said he is delighted to become a Saint for the rest of the season, where he will cover for the injured Virgil Van Dijk: "I am very happy to have signed for what is an important club in English football... Of all of the options that I had, I think that the best option for me was to come to Southampton."
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 17 - 4:20 PM

Southampton outplayed Sunderland at the Stadium of Light to earn a deserved 4-0 victory.

Gabbiadini opened the scoring after thirty minutes, converting a wicked cross from the left by Ryan Bertrand. Sunderland had perhaps been the better side for most of the opening 45', but went in 2-0 down after newcomer Gabbiadini grabbed his third goal in 2 games for Southampton. Tadic fired a low pass towards Gabbiadini, and the Italian spun Lamine Kone before powering his shot beyond Mannone. The Saints were unfortunate not to earn a penalty in the second half after a dodgy Denayer tackle, but Sunderland's Belgian defender's luck disappeared when he turned a cross by Bertrand on the floor into his own net in the 89th minute. The comprehensive rout was completed in injury time by Shane Long, who capitalised on atrocious defending to tap home Southampton's fourth.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 11 - 12:10 PM

Southampton may play Ryan Bertrand at centre-back in GW25 to negate Sunderland striker Jermaine Defoe.

Bertrand is one of the Saints' main attacking outlets on the left side, but insists he can naturally slot into the "high risk" central role if called upon. With Jose Fonte gone and Van Dijk injured, manager Claude Puel has been forced to turn to backups Maya Yoshida and youngster Jack Stephens. The duo did well in the EFL Cup against Liverpool but struggled in Southampton's defeats to West Ham and Swansea. Puel has not confirmed or denied that he will deploy Bertrand in the middle, given that he player there in a back three under Koeman at times.
Feb 10 - 12:44 PM

Media reports today suggest that Southampton are on the verge of agreeing a contract with free agent Martin Caceres.

Caceres, 29, is a former Juventus and Barcelona player, but has been a free agent since the summer when his contract with the Italian champions ended. Southampton had been seeking a replacement in the transfer window for key central defender Virgil Van Dijk, who has been ruled out for two to three months with injury, but failed to make any deals. Caceres has not made a competitive appearance since last February, when he ruptured his Achilles tendon. The deal will reportedly go through once a work permit has been granted for the Uruguayan and once some other formalities are dealt with.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 7 - 2:28 PM

Claude Puel does not know how long Sofiane Boufal will be sidelined after the Moroccan was helped off the pitch during Saturdays home defeat by West Ham United.

Speaking after the loss, the Saints boss revealed: "It's an ankle injury and we will see how long he stays out," he said. "I don't know for the moment. We will see but I hope it's not a bad injury because he's a talented player." The 23-year-old has been blighted by injury since arriving at the club in August - an ongoing knee problem meant supporters had to wait until October for Boufal to make his Premier League debut while injury also kept him out of the recent Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Ordinarily, his absence would open the door for Dusan Tadic, but the Serbian was missing from the match day squad amid rumours of a training ground bust-up with Puel. Southampton play in the EFL Cup final at the end of February and will hope their club-recording signing is available after losing Virgil van Dijk for up-to three months due to an ankle ligament injury.
Source: Daily Echo
Feb 6 - 5:17 AM

Manolo Gabbiadini scored in his Southampton debut but West Ham still beat Southampton 3-1.

The game at St. Mary's saw Southampton collapse again, delivering yet another poor PL performance which now has them risking becoming part of a relegation battle. Gabbiadini netted 10 minutes into his debut, beating the offside trap to take down a high through ball brilliantly. He finished powerfully into the roof of the net from a tight angle inside the box. Andy Carroll brought the Hammers level 3 minutes later, slotting past Forster with ease. Obiang finished from outside the box after a Snodgrass corner was cleared to give West Ham the lead. Steven Davis was the unfortunate scorer of an own goal in the second half after Noble had fired in a free kick. Boufal had to be withdrawn due to a worrying injury before the Saints pressed relentlessly, however Randolph was equal to all their efforts.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 4 - 12:19 PM

Southampton have announced that centre-back Virgil Van Dijk will miss the EFL Cup Final and the next two to three months with an injury.

His manager, Claude Puel, confirmed that he will miss two to three months with an ankle problem which he suffered in a clash with Jamie Vardy when Southampton beat Leicester 3-0 on January 22nd. The extent of the injury became apparent to Puel before scans confirmed the prognosis, with the manager admitting that he looked to sign a replacement unsuccessfully before the transfer window closed: "We studied a lot of solutions for a new defender, but we could not find a good opportunity".
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 2 - 12:05 PM

Southampton completed the signing of Manolo Gabbiadini from Napoli on transfer deadline day.

The deal was believed to be worth an initial £14.5 million but could rise by a further £2.5 million with add-ons and clauses. The 25 year old is a versatile attacking player who can be deployed as both a striker, or an attacking midfielder on the flanks or through the middle. His career scoring record has not been all that prolific, netting about once every four games across 218 senior appearances. He had a fine season for Napoli in 2014/15, notching up 15 Serie A goals alongside Higuain for Napoli. Claude Puel signed him for his goalscoring, it remains to be seen whether he can deliver in the Premier League.
Feb 1 - 10:00 AM

Southampton have completed the signing of Mouez Hassen on loan from Ligue 1 side Nice on loan.

Hassen, who is 21 years old, was previously managed by Claude Puel when he was in charge at Nice. Hassen has so far made 50 senior appearances for Nice and has also represented France extensively at youth level. Mouez is not expected to challenge Fraser Forster for a place in the Starting XI and will instead provide cover for the duration of his five month loan spell on the south coast.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 31 - 2:49 PM

Southampton are looking to Napoli's Manolo Gabbiadini to fix their woes in front of goal.

The 25 year old forward has six caps for Italy's national team and it is thought that Napoli are demanding £13.6 million up front for his services with an additional £3.4 million in add-ons. It is also believed that the Serie A side will be entitled to 10% of any sell-on fee for the forward who will sign a four year contract. Gabbiadini has been a bit-part player for Napoli this season, scoring three times in thirteen league appearances, of which most came from the bench.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 29 - 4:05 PM

Southampton's 25 year old defensive midfielder Oriol Romeu has signed a new four and a half year contract with the club.

The deal will keep Romeu at St Mary's until 2021. The Spaniard has been a stalwart for the Saints this term, playing all but one league game totalling 30 appearances in all. Southampton signed Romeu back in August 2015 from Chelsea for £5 million.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 2:38 PM

A much rotated Southampton team were thrashed by Arsenal 5-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday.

After qualifying for the League Cup final after beating Liverpool in the midweek, Southampton suffered their joint-worst defeat at St Mary's. Claude Puel set the team out with a deep defensive line, allowing the Gunners to play in front of their defence. Arsenal picked them off, patiently finding openings and cutting the Saints apart. Lucas Perez set up Danny Welbeck to score in his first start since May to chip Lewis between the sticks before Oxlade-Chamberlain set him up for his brace. Scorer turned provider to let Walcott open his account before Alexis set up Wally twice more to send him home with the match ball.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 29 - 2:21 PM

Southampton ruined Liverpool's hopes of a showdown with Manchester United in the League Cup final with a 2-0 aggregate win.

Holding tight to a 1-0 aggregate at Anfield, Southampton withstood a desperate Liverpool attack, one that leads the Premier League in goals, even after losing Virgil van Dijk to injury this week and Jose Fonte in a transfer to West Ham. The Reds were denied a penalty shout in the first minute of stoppage time and Southampton took advantage on the break, hitting Shane Long on a counter attack for the only goal of the night to send Saints through to Wembley at the end of February against either Manchester United or Hull City in what will be their first Cup final since the 2003 FA Cup.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 5:47 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel today discussed the possibility of signing a new defender to replace former club captain Jose Fonte.

As it stands, Yoshida and Van Dijk appear to be Puel's preferred two in the heart of defence, with Gardos and Stephens held in reserve. However, Puel has not ruled out the possibility of signing a new centre-back if the right option becomes available: "We will study possibilities to replace him... I am happy with these players and if one or two come into the squad then I think it will be important they can bring something more than the players for the moment in the squad."
Jan 23 - 1:49 PM

Southampton youngster Josh Sims has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2020.

Sims is a product of the Southampton academy, and broke into the first team in November when they played Everton. He has gone on to make eight senior appearances for the club, including four in the Premier League. Sims, 19, also represents England at underage level. Sims' reaction was quotes on the club's website: "I’m absolutely delighted to sign a new contract with the club. I’m really happy that the club have put faith in me to offer me a new contract... I can’t really put into words how good it has been recently, but I just need to push on now and continue my progress."
Jan 23 - 1:41 PM


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