Player News - Southampton

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Southampton players are adjusting well to new coach Claude Puel and are excited to play for him.

Ryan Bertrand hasn't joined the pre-season training yet due to Euro 2016 but his teammates have reportedly adjusted well to new manager Claude Puel. Bertrand is excited to get back to work and improve upon last season, especially after loosing manager Ronald Koeman. The reports are a good sign that Southampton can improve this season, and Bertrand will be a solid fantasy pick in the middle rounds.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 18 - 7:53 PM

Southampton are expecting big things from new signing Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

The Saints signed Hojbjerg for £12.8m from Bayern Munich. The midfielder has already registered 17 caps with his native Denmark and was a huge project of Pep Guardiola while at Bayern Munich. The youngster is just 20 years old, and while young, will be expected to be a major part of Southampton's rotation. He is a solid late-round fantasy pick in leagues that reward points for defensive actions.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 16 - 6:22 PM

Ryan Bertrand has committed his future to Southampton after agreeing a new and improved 5-year deal keeping him at St Marys' until 2021.

The left-back joined the South Coast side in the summer of 2014, initially on-loan, before Ronald Koeman made the move permanent just six months later. Bertrand has become an integral part of the Southampton defence and new manager Claude Puel moved quickly to secure the services of the England international. "I'm very pleased, it's been a fantastic move for me since the day I came to this club," Bertrand told Southampton's official website. "I look forward to many more years and really pushing forward as a whole."
Source: Daily Star
Jul 12 - 4:24 PM

Graziano Pelle looks set to leave Southampton for a deal reported to be worth £13m. The Italian striker will join Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng, with his transfer expected to be completed early next week.

Pelle arrived at the club two-years ago from Dutch outfit Feyenoord and despite having 12 months remaining on his current deal, the striker was said to be keen on a move away. Pelle becomes the third major departure this summer following Sadio Mane [Liverpool] and Victor Wanyama [Tottenham] out of St Marys. It is understood that new manager Claude Puel will not be actively seeking a replacement with Charlie Austin, Shane Long and the fit-again Jay Rodriguez all vying to lead the Saints front-line.
Source: The Mirror
Jul 8 - 12:14 PM

Italy may have entered Euro 2016 without much fanfare or backing from the pundits, but they are turning heads with each passing match, today completely outclassing two-time defending European champions Spain, 2-0.

Antonio Conte, who will be taking over at Chelsea this season, will have plenty of hype when he begins his career at Stamford Bridge, as he and the Italian side were tactically brilliant, frustrating a Spain side that normally excels at possession and passing. Emanuele Giaccherini, who has been fantastic in the Euro fantasy game, put up another fine score by grabbing a clean sheet and assisting the first goal, scored by Giorgio Cheillini after David de Gea spilled the initial free kick attempt. The second goal didn't come until added time, when Graziano Pelle struck one on the volley when Italy were on the counter-attack. Thought to be one of the weaker sides Italy have brought to a major tournament in quite some time, they prove again that they are masterful at tournament play.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 27 - 2:00 PM

Southampton have announced the signing of winger Nathan Redmond.

The Norwich winger joins the Saints on a five-year deal scheduled to keep him at St Mary's until 2021. The youngster has a bright future ahead of him and was very impressive for Norwich last season, despite failing to keep them in the Premier League. Redmond will likely start and is a decent mid to late round fantasy pick.
Source: SaintsFC
Jun 25 - 12:47 PM

"Sky Sports" confirm that Norwich City midfielder Nathan Redmond is undergoing a medical at Southampton on Saturday.

Norwich City has reportedly accepted an £11 million bid for the 22-year-old as the Canaries are looking to sell their most valuable players as they face another season in the Championship after just one year back in the Premier League. Redmond scored six goals in 34 Premier League appearances last season and helped lead the England U21s to a Toulon Tournament title last month. Redmond is expected to replace Southampton star Sadio Mane as the midfielder is expected to join Liverpool in a £30 million-plus deal.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 9:59 AM

Portugal managed to erase three deficits as Cristiano Ronaldo finally got going, scoring twice and adding an assist, drawing with Hungary, 3-3.

Portugal manage to make it through the group stage without winning once, drawing three times. They were down early to Hungary, when former West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera fired a laser from outside of the box, beating Rui Patricio low and to his left. Portugal leveled when Ronaldo delivered a class through ball to former Manchester United winger Luis Nani who slotted home. Things got crazy in the second half when, in a 15 minute span, Hungary's Balazs Dzsudzsak scored twice and Ronaldo scored twice to cancel it out, including a nifty backheel finish on his first goal. Group F definitely proved to be the most surprising of the tournament as Hungary finish on top, Iceland went unbeaten to finish second, Portugal barely squeaked through and Austria were sent packing.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 22 - 2:13 PM

Amid rumours that Victor Wanyama is set to leave, Southampton has locked down a critical part of its midfield in Steven Davis.

The 31-year-old is currently captaining Northern Ireland at the country's first European championships, but that didn't prevent him from signing a new three-year contract to keep him at the St Mary's through the summer of 2019. Davis has made 155 appearances in all competitions for Saints since arriving at the club in 2012. Last season, the midfielder scored five goals for the sixth-place finishers, leading a resurgence at the end of the season. Davis joins James Ward-Prowse, Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk in recently signing new contracts at the club.
Jun 20 - 4:03 AM

Republic of Ireland did their best to keep pace with Belgium, but the Red Devils eventually opened the floodgates in the second half and won, 2-0.

Republic of Ireland played their scrappy brand of football, doing the best they could to make up for a lack of quality, and it served them well for the first 45 minutes with the two sides staying level on the scoreboard. The tide turned just after the second half began, when Toby Alderweireld caught Shane Long with his boot on an attempted clearance. The play could have been adjudged worthy of a penalty, but the referee did not see it that way and Belgium would score on a counter-attack just moments later. There simply wasn't enough attacking pressure from the likes of Long, Wes Hoolahan and Robbie Brady and Republic of Ireland were eventually run over. On an optimistic note, they play Italy in the final round and the Azzurri will likely rest the majority of their regular starters.
Source: Guardian
Jun 18 - 11:03 AM

The Italian national team received a boost with the news that forward Graziano Pelle is set to be fit to face Sweden on Friday.

The Southampton forward suffered a foot injury in Monday's 2-0 win against Belgium in the opening game of Group E, where he scored the club's final goal in the final minutes of the match to secure the three points, but a scan revealed no damage to the foot. Pelle also suffered a dislocated finger that required treatment during the game with the two injuries keeping him out of training on Tuesday. Incoming Chelsea manager Antonio Conte can clinch a spot in the knockout stages with a win against Sweden.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 16 - 4:40 AM

Southampton are close to signing winger Nathan Redmond.

The midfielder is on his way out of relegated Norwich and Southampton are making a move. He fits a need at Southampton, especially with players potentially leaving this summer, and brings much needed stability to the position. Sadio Mane could be on his way out, and if that happens, Redmond will be a solid fantasy pick next season.
Source: Mirror
Jun 14 - 11:10 PM

Graziano Pelle was forced to sit out of training after the 30-year-old suffered an injury to his hand during Monday nights’ 2-0 win over Belgium.

Pelle scored Italy’s second goal in stoppage time, to help seal an excellent victory for the Azzurri over one of the pre-tournament favourites in their Group E opener. However, the Southampton striker almost didn’t finish the game after he was seen receiving treatment on the hour mark having dislocated his little finger. A patched up Pelle was able to continue, but following advice from the medical team, he watched his teammates train before leaving with the team doctor. The injury should not prevent Pelle from playing against Sweden on Friday.
Jun 14 - 6:51 PM

The agent of Southampton forward Graziano Pelle confirmed he is in talks with Everton, Stoke City and Chinese clubs over a summer move.

Reports suggest Southampton is looking to profit off Pelle this summer with only one year left on the Italian's contract. With manager Ronald Koeman set to leave for Everton, the Toffees could look to sign Pelle especially if Romelu Lukaku follows through on his plan to leave for a Champions League club. The 30-year-old has scored 23 goals in two seasons at the St Mary's and scored for Italy in the Azzurri's 2-0 victory over Belgium in their opening game of the European championships on Monday.
Source: Football 365
Jun 14 - 3:35 AM

Heading into the week of the Euros, Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand is still receiving medical attention for a knock.

The left-back has not trained with the England national team since picking up a knock in a friendly win against Australia on May 27. After arriving at the national team's base for the European championships in Chantilly, just north of Paris, Bertrand was held out of training in order to receive treatment for the unspecified injury. With just four days before the Three Lions' tournament opener against Russia in Marseille, all signs point to Tottenham defender Danny Rose receiving the start at left-back.
Source: ESPN
Jun 7 - 9:06 AM


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