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Southampton defender Jose Fonte set the record straight regarding talk of his future at the club and a rumored contract standoff.

Speculation over his future at the club with his current contract due up in the summer of 2018 was confirmed when the Saints captain confirmed he did no reject a new contract, because there wasn't an offer to begin with: "There's no contract on the table. There was in the summer, they offered me a pay rise. They didn't offer me a new contract. They offered me a pay rise which I'm entitled to discuss with my agent and entitled to say no to as well. I'm entitled to have my own opinion, so apart from that that's it." Everton and Manchester United have been linked in recent weeks with a transfer in the upcoming two windows looking very likely.
Source: Sky Sports
Dec 7 - 8:06 AM

Southampton's England Under 21 full back has signed a new contract with the club to keep him there until 2021.

The news caps off a fine year for McQueen, who made his Premier League debut to acclaim in October against Burnley and first senior start against Inter Milan at the San Siro in the same week. McQueen has 5 PL appearances in all this season, most coming off the bench as a replacement for attackers as the Saints close out games. He has started each of their last 3 Europa League games too as Claude Puel heavily rotates his squad who have as yet not been eliminated from any cup competition.
Source: BBC Sport
Dec 6 - 1:31 PM

Southampton's long-serving centre-back Jose Fonte has been given permission to leave the club in the January transfer window.

Fonte, who arrived at the club in 2010 from Crystal Palace has failed to reach an agreement to sign a new contract after negotiations opened in the summer. His Euro 2016 winning performances with Portugal and PL consistency attracted interest from the likes of Man Utd and Everton in the summer but both parties persisted with trying to agree new terms on his current deal which runs for another 18 months. Reports in Portugal state that Southampton will accept offers in excess of £5m for Fonte. Leading the charge in rumours are Man Utd, as they previously expressed interest and Mourinho shares the same agant, Jorge Mendes, with the 32 year old.
Source: The Guardian
Dec 6 - 1:19 PM

A broken nose injury to Dusan Tadic has boggled the minds of fantasy managers as the playmaker will miss a third straight Premier League game.

While confirming that Tadic will wear a protective mask, manager Claude Puel said the Serbian has not trained in weeks since returning from the international break with the injury. "For this moment Tadić is not available for this game. I don’t when he will come back with the squad to play. With the training sessions he could come back today or tomorrow but he has stayed three weeks without training session or games. It’s important he can do good work now to come back fit and we will see with him and the staff." Josh Sims could very well be rewarded with a second start while a recently fit Jay Rodriguez is pushing for more playing time.
Dec 2 - 7:11 AM

Southampton found form against an under-strength Arsenal side to comprehensively defeat them at the Emirates on Wednesday night.

The Saints' opener came from the unlikely boot of Jordy Clasie, who notched up his first for the club with a long range strike which gave Martinez no chance between the sticks. Southampton's second also came from range, this time through Ryan Bertrand. The full-back's shot from the edge of the box came about after good build up play by Davis and Boufal. They had seized upon a mistake by Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson. The Saints could have made the scoreline more comfortable in a game they dominated - both Hojbjerg and Boufal went close. Arsenal's best chances fell to Oxlade Chamberlain and Ramsey, however the Gunners in general failed to form a potent attack without Ozil, Sanchez, Walcott and Giroud in their midst.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 30 - 6:29 PM

Southampton cruised to victory behind a stalwart defensive display in a 1-0 victory against Everton at the St Mary's.

Not only was the win Southampton's first in the Premier League since a 3-1 result against Burnley in Week 8 more than a month ago, but it came at the expense of former manager Ronald Koeman, who left the south coast for Everton in a big-money move this summer. Saints held Everton to only one shot on goal, simply relying on a goal from Charlie Austin in the first 44 seconds of the match. The man who Koeman brought in from Queens Park Rangers last winter ended up making the difference, heading in a cross from Josh Sims, who wasted no time in getting on the scoresheet in his first Premier League appearance.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 27 - 1:33 PM

Southampton's Europa League adventure's chances of extending will be decided in the last set of group games after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Sparta Prague.

The Saints named a rotated team for the game but would still have expected to overcome last years runners up in the Czech first division. There were seven changes in all in a team which was picked with the intent to score goals with Redmond, Long and Jay Rodriguez all in the first xi. The team's build up play was too slow though, and the Czech's successfully absorb pressure after taking an early lead. S'oton had 71% possession and 12 attempts on goal but yet again, the midas touch of finishing class eluded them. Their over-reliance on Austin looks set to continue. They were unusually poor in defence. Sparta's goal was very uncharacteristic of the Saints, with their goalscorer questionably unchallenged while Fraser Forster had to dig his team out on multiple occasions as his defence parted too easily for the Prague men.
Source: BBC Sport
Nov 24 - 8:01 PM

Southampton's travelling party to the Czech Republic to face Sparta Prague in the Europa League has been confirmed.

Jose Fonte, Matt Targett and Dusan Tadic have all remained in England for rest and recuperation. Fonte has not yet appeared for the Saints on a Thursday night in Europe this season as Claude Puel tries to keep him fresh for league outings. Tadic meanwhile has been recovering from a bloody nose sustained over the international break with Serbia and has been omitted. Targett likewise is coming back from injury and has been left home to continue rebuilding his fitness. Academy youngster Josh Sims is a surprise addition to the travelling party after a fine run for the Under 23s.
Nov 23 - 10:00 AM

Southampton made a statement today, keeping the high-flying Liverpool attack from scoring as the two sides played to a 0-0 final at St. Mary's.

Sofiane Boufal was handed his first start as a Saint but the story of the day was the Southampton defense. They only big chance for either side in the first half came when Sadio Mane blasted one on target but Fraser Forster was able to palm it away. Excellent tackling by Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte prevented two more chances by the Reds. There was little to speak of in the Southampton attack, who looked to lack the creativity that an absent Dusan Tadic may have provided. Still, they will take the point and feel proud in shutting down the Reds.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 19 - 12:01 PM

Southampton manager Claude Puel had been sweating over a few minor niggles which his players were suffering but has moved to clarify these situations today.

In spite of the apparent broken nose that Tadic suffered, he is fit to play this weekend against Liverpool. Reports earlier in the week suggested that he will have to wear a protective mask though. Fraser Forster and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have both been passed fit after having to withdraw from their respective national squads. However Shane Long, Cedric Soares, James Ward-Prowse and Ryan Bertrand will all be subjected to late fitness tests to check if they'll be able to take to the field against Klopp's league leaders. Matt Targett and Alex McCarthy are confirmed absentees for GW12.
Nov 18 - 11:17 AM

Southampton boss Claude Puel has plenty of niggling worries after many of his players had injury issues over the international break.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was forced to withdraw from Denmark's with some kind of "slight injury". Back closer to home, Fraser Forster withdrew from the England squad last week with an issue of his own while Ryan Bertrand couldn't face Spain last night after missing training with a minor issue of his own. As reported here earlier in the week, Dusan Tadic has a suspected broken nose but should be able to play with a protective mask. Maya Yoshida is also unlikely to feature as he travels from the other side of the world where he helped Japan to two victories. More information will emerge in press conferences later in the week but until then Puel will have to hope that none of the problems are too serious with table toppers Liverpool up next.
Nov 16 - 9:47 AM

Serbia and Southampton attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic suffered a suspected nose break as his national side eked out a dramatic last minute draw against Gareth Bale's Wales in Cardiff.

The injury drew a lot of blood originally after Swansea's Neil Taylor nicked Tadic's face with his boot accidentally as the both vied for possession. The incident happened just before half time but the Serbian hero played on in spite of the river of blood which streamed from his nostrils throughout the game. Newcastle's Alexander Mitrovic scored late on to grab a point for the Balkan nation but Tadic was not the assister. Hence, he was not able to continue his remarkable record which has seen him scoring or assisting in Serbia's last 10 international goals. Tadic's injury may need an operation, more should become clear soon.
Nov 13 - 2:45 PM

Southampton's 22 year old centre back Jack Stephens had a night to remember for England's Under 21s as he tries to stake a claim for game time at Southampton.

Stephens arrived as a teenager at St. Mary's in 2011 but has only managed two senior appearances since then. However, his winner for the Young Lions against Italy has propelled him from obscurity back to attention. In the period since Stephens arrived at Southampton from Plymouth, he was sent out on loan three times. The youngster had opportunies at Swindon where he was sometimes deployed as a holding midfielder in League One. A short stint at 'Boro in the Championship last term was frustrating before he made 16 appearances for Coventry in the 2nd half of the season, again in League One. He has been capped at many underage national levels and was part of the U21 team who won the prestigious Toulon tournament last summer. In spite of his percieved inexperience, he actually has 70+ senior appearances in the Football League and cups.
Nov 13 - 2:32 PM

Southampton were stunned on Sunday as they squandered an early and lost to Hull City, 2-1.

Southampton got off to the perfect start when Hull's Curtis Davies chopped down Maya Yoshida inside the box and Charlie Austin buried the resulting spot-kick to give them a lead just sixth minute in. The match took another unfortunate turn for the Tigers shortly thereafter as both Abel Hernandez and Will Keane sustained injuries and were replaced by Robert Snodgrass and Dieumerci Mbokani. However, Southampton would go on to conceded two second half goals within two minutes with Snodgrass scoring the first. Snodgrass struck to make it 1-1 on 61 minutes and then assisted when Michael Dawson who nodded home his free-kick in the 63rd minute. The defeat was Southampton's second in a row while Austin's goal was his fifth in his last seven matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Nov 6 - 12:52 PM

Rumour has it that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is looking to add Virgil Van Dijk to the long list of players the club has signed from Southampton in recent years.

Ex-Portsmouth striker Micky Quinn claims that the Dutch defender is a target for the Reds. Of this transfer were to occur, it would be the sixth move from the south coast northwards in the past five years.
Nov 2 - 10:23 PM


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