Player News - Southampton

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Southampton have announced that Mauricio Pellegrino has been appointed as their new manager.

Pellegrino, 45, replaces Claude Puel in the post after he was sacked earlier this month after just one season in charge. Pellegrino, a native of Argentina, had been jobless since he resigned as manager of La Liga side Alaves following their Spanish Cup Final defeat to Barcelona in May. Along with their cup run, Pellegrino also led the newly-promoted team to a ninth place finish in La Liga. "My philosophy and the culture of the club will work well," said Pellegrino, who has signed a three year contract. "I want to win matches, be successful and develop a team spirit where everyone gives 100% and supports each other... I am excited and passionate about what the future holds." Southampton Vice Chairman Les Reed explained that Pellegrino was chosen as [Pellegrino] impressed [them] with his depth of knowledge, motivation and ability, communicating this in a professional and passionate way."
Jun 23 - 9:48 PM

Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez is closing in on a move away from Southampton.

Newcastle and Burnley are rumoured to be interested in securing his signature but it's Tony Pulis at West Brom who is most keen. Since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament towards the back end of the 2013/14 campaign, when Rodriguez broke through the 15 goal barrier in the league, "JRod" has struggled to get regular game time at St Mary's. He made 34 appearances for Southampton last season, starting just 9 PL games and scoring just 6 in all competitions. Thus, a move away had been anticipated for the forward, who has nearly left the club in both of the last two transfer windows. The Baggies are willing to pay £12 million to bolster their options up top as they had just Hal Robson-Kanu and Solomon Rondon leading their line last season. A deal is unlikely to be completed imminently as Rodriguez is on vacation.
Jun 21 - 12:49 PM

Southampton have wasted no time in going about finding a replacement for Claude Puel, who they fired on Wednesday.

Although the Frenchman departed in the midweek, the reality is that the hunt for his successor had been in progress prior to his dismissal. Now-Watford manager Marco Silva, former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, and Roger Schmidt, who has just picked up a job in China, were all considered for the post but are no longer options and/or were disregarded. The list of realistic candidates has narrowed to just two, Frank de Boer and Mauricio Pellegrino. De Boer almost succeeded Ronald Koeman at the club 12 months ago, but was overlooked. He went on to have a tough time at Inter, but the Saints hierarchy is willing to discount that due to his track record in developing youth players during his time at Ajax. Pellegrino just left La Liga club Alaves after leading them to the Copa Del Rey final. There are suggestions that a third name exists on the Saints' shortlist. Reading manager Jaap Stam is the third most-likely to be appointed according to the bookies.
Jun 17 - 12:35 AM

Southampton waited an awfully long time to start its search for a new manager, firing Claude Puel on Wednesday.

Puel was sacked just one year into a two-year contract since taking over for Ronald Koeman last summer. The French manager arrived from upstart Nice and took the Saints to the League Cup final, where the lost to Manchester United, as well as eighth place in the Premier League. But the club's hierarchy and fan base were unsettled by the club's style of play along with 16 losses in the league. Now, the search for a new manager will begin less than one month before the start of the preseason, with former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel already ruling himself out of the running.
Jun 15 - 3:32 PM

Southampton are striking while the iron is hot to replace Virgil van Dijk as his departure appears imminent.

The Dutch centre-back is strongly linked with a move away to either Man City or Chelsea, after Liverpool shot themselves in the foot by illegally approaching him. Southampton are now looking at Lech Poznan's Jan Bednarek, a 21 year old centre-back who is highly rated. Saints have lodged a €6 million bid for the player according to the Daily Echo, but this may not be enough to acquire the youngster. He will be lining out for his country in the Under 21 European Championships this month, and his club expect his performances will inflate his value further. Thus, they are unwilling to part with the player for another month even though the Saints' offer would be a domestic record for a sale. Bednarek played 27 times for Lech last season in the Polish Ekstraklasa, the Polish top flight, as his team secured a third placed finish.
Jun 13 - 1:09 PM

As has been their tendency in recent seasons, Liverpool may once again be ready to make a move for a Southampton player, as Dusan Tadic has been linked with a switch to Anfield.

This is rumor made all the more interesting on the heels of the Virgil van Dijk saga, where Southampton accused the Reds of negotiating with the center back before the player was given permission. That may have left the Saints feeling a bit put off from making deals with Liverpool but the Reds have been plucking players from the south coast with regularity and the Saints have done well to produce a solid mid-table side in the process, thanks to a solid youth academy and smart transfers in, such as Tadic and van Dijk. van Dijk could very well still be heading to Anfield when all is said and done. Tadic would make an interesting addition, giving the Reds another play-maker in a high-octane offense, but it could be a downgrade in Tadic's fantasy value as he faces much more competition around him for starts than he currently does at St. Mary's.
Jun 12 - 4:01 AM

Manchester City appear to be winning the race to sign Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand who is expected to leave the south coast side during this summer.

Monaco have slapped a £40m price tag on left-back Benjamin Mendy meaning Pep Guardiola will now focus his attention on Bertrand with international teammate, Kyle Walker, primed to make the switch to the Etihad. However, City face stiff competition for his signature. Chelsea are considering bringing Bertrand back to the Bridge after selling him to Southampton for £10m in 2015. Elsewhere, Jurgen Klopp is also interested, although the Saints won’t be keen on dealing with representatives from Liverpool who face a Premier League investigation for their alleged illegal tapping up of centre-back Virgil van Dijk. Midfielder James Milner played most of the season in the back four with recognised left-back Alberto Moreno, just two Premier League starts, limited to nothing more than a bit part role.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 8 - 4:44 AM

Southampton are understood to be irritated by Liverpool's attempts to unsettle centre-back Virgil Van Dijk in order to make a transfer to Anfield more likely.

Southampton, who have the Dutchman tied down on a long term contract, are keen to shake off the reputation as a "selling club". The Saints have been displaying a new-found determined grit in the face of what looks to be another summer where big clubs attempt to woo their key players away. Liverpool, yet again, have been leading the charge to sign Van Dijk, but Southampton are now reporting The Reds for an illegal approach for the player prior to lodging their official bid according to BBC Radio Solent. Furthermore, the south coast club are ready to reject any official approach by Liverpool. Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested in getting Van Dijk's signature but they will also face rejection to bids which are not well in excess of Van Dijk's £50 million valuation.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 6 - 6:09 PM

Liverpool looks to have pulled off a massive coup by winning the race to sign Virgil van Dijk.

The highly-coveted Dutch international has been linked with a move to Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool over the past few months, but reports across England confirm that he has informed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp that he prefers a move to Anfield. Of course, this doesn't seal anything as Southampton officials are playing hard ball, saying they are willing to reject bids of up to £60 million for the central defender after moving to the St Mary's for £11.5 million in 2015.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 5 - 3:16 PM

It is believed that it will take a massive bid to prize Virgil Van Dijk away from Southampton.

The Saints are rumoured to be facing an onslaught of bids for the centre-back this summer with Liverpool expected to open bidding soon. Man City and Chelsea are waiting in the wings to make their own attempts to sign the Dutchman. Southampton are basing their position on an economic outlook. Only an offer well over the touted £50 million bids this transfer window will make them buckle as the club see his value only increasing in another year at St. Mary's. The club are not at risking of the 25 year old losing value either as he has five years left to run on his current deal. However, the Saints' hierarchy are aware that if VVD is unsettled, they may have to relent. They are hopeful though, as he has shown a stable character during his time at the club.
Jun 1 - 3:54 PM

Southampton have released left-winger Lloyd Isgrove after his contract with the club expired.

The Welshman has endured a frustrating season at Southampton, having been limited to just one appearance in each domestic cup competition this season. Isgrove was sent on a number of loans while a Saints player, most recently starring for Barnsley in League One in 2015/16.
May 25 - 8:30 PM

Southampton have released centre-back Martin Caceres after his short term deal with the club expired.

The former Juventus man was signed in February on a free transfer when Claude Puel was scrambling to replace Jose Fonte and the injured Virgil Van Dijk in the central role. The Uruguayan took a while to reach match fitness after joining the club, so much so that Maya Yoshida and rookie Jack Stephens had time to form a surprisingly formidable partnership in the heart of defence. In the end, Caceres was kept out of the side completely by the pair and made just one token appearance in the Premier League against Middlesbrough in Gameweek 37.
May 25 - 8:22 PM

Southampton have released right-back Cuco Martina from the club after his contract expired.

Martina has not featured for the first team in the Premier League since late 2016, when he lost his rotation spot to Cedric Soares permanently. He was not even on the bench as the season drew to a close when Jeremy Pied was favoured in Claude Puel's rotations. The Curacao international is now in talks with Everton, who can sign him for free. They are in the market for a right-back to cover for Seamus Coleman who is unlikely to be fit before the new year. Toffees manager Ronald Koeman is keen to link up with the full-back, who he worked with at FC Twente in the Eredivisie. Mason Holgate has impressed in the role since Coleman suffered his injury, but Koeman is apparently keen to add the 27 year old's experience to his options.
Source: The Guardian
May 25 - 8:13 PM

Cuco Martina and Martin Caceres are the notable names in the four man list of players released by Southampton.

Right-back Cuco Martina has been surplus to requirements this terms as Cedric has held down the starting berth with consistent performances since the new year. Jeremy Pied, who spent most the season on the sidelines injured, took over the berth in some of the last Premier League games while Puel rotated. Martina was not even named in the squad. Lloyd Isgrove and Harley Willard have also left the club.
May 25 - 8:02 PM

Southampton's struggles continued as they dropped a 1-0 decision to Stoke City on the season's final day.

Manager Claude Puel has come under increasing fire as his side have limped down the stretch of the 2016-17 Premier League season. The Saints were never in any danger of relegation and finished in 8th position but Sunday represented their fifth consecutive home match without a goal. Given the amount of money spent on reinforcements like Sophiane Boufal and Manolo Gabbiadini, Saints supporters would have expected more and there have been increasingly loud cries for the French manager to be relieved of his duties. It will be an interesting summer at St. Mary's.
Source: espnfc.com
May 21 - 1:03 PM



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