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Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez are understood to be close to linking-up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham

All major UK sports media outlets are running with this story today, with a BBC reporter going as far as suggesting personal terms have been agreed, despite the fact Rodriguez is recovering from a serious knee injury. Schneiderlin has become one of the Premier League's most complete central midfield players and had been linked to Arsenal all summer, so his capture would be quite the coup for Spurs, who have had a quiet summer in comparison to their rivals. Southampton's squad has been decimated since the end of last season, losing their manager and all key players, as the board have decided to cash in on their most important assets. Pochettino, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers, Luke Shaw and Ricky Lambert have already moved on and it's looking like an extremely difficult campaign ahead for new manager Ronald Koeman.
Jul 28 - 1:52 PM

Southampton are ready to make an improved bid for Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster as a replacement for Artur Boruc.

Artur Boruc had Southampton's starting job locked down when healthy last season but has been an average goalkeeper prone to mistakes. New Saints manager Ronald Koeman wants to improve the position by signing Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster. Forster has been extremely impressive for Celtic and even had a 13 match, 1256 minute streak without conceding a goal. The keeper is highly valued by his club and is expected to cost at least £10m, a price Southampton can afford after selling many of their prized players this summer. It's unknown if Boruc will play as a backup or leave the club if Southampton can sign Forster.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 23 - 4:24 PM

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle scored twice in his debut for the Premier League club.

Pelle has joined Southampton to team up with former manager Ronald Koeman and has already made a good impression on fans. Pelle netted 55 goals in 66 matches under Koeman in the Eredivisie and will look to reproduce his success in the Premier League. The good news for the Italian striker is that Koeman knows how to use him well. The bad news is that many of Southampton's playmakers have left the club and Koeman is trying to build from the ground up. Pelle has the potential to be a great fantasy player but is a risky option due to his lack of Premier League experience.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 20 - 3:43 PM

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is interested in Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng.

Ki Sung-Yueng is reportedly going to be worth somewhere in the region of £3 million. Ki played as a holding midfielder for South Korea in the World Cup this summer and would presumably play a similar role with Villa. He has a diverse skill-set that allows him to push forward and track back capably. The midfielder is not on the Swansea "sell" list but reports have surfaced that they will indeed listen to offers. Ki averaged a bit over five fantasy points last season so it is very unlikely that he'll be a fantasy option this year even if he switches clubs.
Jul 14 - 7:30 PM

Southampton have completed the signing of Italian striker Graziano Pelle from Feyenoord.

Pelle has established himself as a prolific scorer in Holland, scoring 55 goals in 65 games under current Southampton manager Ronald Koeman in the Eredivisie. Koeman has decided to bring his star man along for the Premier League ride and Pelle will have every opportunity to prove his worth. Southampton have no clear strikers and forward Jay Rodriguez is injured for the beginning of the season. Pelle can be a good fantasy choice for those looking outside of the ordinary, especially since he'll likely be available for a reduced price.
Jul 12 - 1:26 PM

Southampton are willing to let youngster Matt Targett earn a starting spot as a replacement of Luke Shaw.

Targett is an 18-year-old who is an England youth international and has recently made the breakthrough into Southampton's first squad. New Saints boss Ronald Koemann will give Targett the chance to run away with the job during pre-season matches and if he ends up being good enough, Targett could save Saints a lot of money as they won't need to find another replacement for Shaw. Saints had a decent defense last season and if Targett earns a starting spot, he could be a decent fantasy choice for the adventurous manager.
Source: Sky Sports
Jul 3 - 8:37 PM

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin has been linked with a move to Arsenal.

This move makes a ton of sense for the Gunners. They need a good holding midfielder with Mikel Arteta showing signs of decline and Schneiderlin fits the bill perfectly. He is a work horse in the middle, he wins the ball back, and his passing is good enough for him to act as a holding midfielder. His passing accuracy was 89% last season and it could be even better with Arsenal as teams are less likely to pressure Arsenal than Southampton. Schneiderlin is currently representing France at the World Cup and he is the Saints' last player remaining in the tournament.
Source: DailyEcho
Jun 29 - 2:47 PM

France Starting XI vs Ecuador: Lloris, Sakho, Benzema, Griezmann, Matuidi, Sagna, Digne Sissoko, Pogba, Koscielny, Schneiderlin.

Morgan Schneiderlin makes his first World Cup start as France are dealing with a few minor injuries and are preserving their players for the round of 16 since only a miracle would prevent them from not winning the group. If they do win the group as expected, they will face Nigeria in the round of 16.
Source: ESPN
Jun 25 - 3:00 PM

Gaston Ramirez came off the bench for Uruguay and assisted the game winning goal by Diego Godin in Uruguay's 1-0 win over Italy.

Ramirez came off the bench much like he did at Southampton all season long and took the corner kick that resulted in the game's only goal. Ramirez' contribution will give manager Óscar Tabárez something to think about before the round of 16 match. The goal sends Uruguay to the round of 16 in second place in group D. They finished with six points, one point behind Costa Rica. They will face the winner of group C in the next round, which is most likely to be Colombia.
Source: FIFA
Jun 24 - 2:04 PM

Jay Rodriguez's recovery from an ACL tear is going well and the Southampton forward is aiming to return in December.

Rodriguez is pleased with how his recovery has went thus far and says he wants to be fit to face his old club Burnley when Southampton face them in December. Rodriguez tore his ACL in April and the initial recovery timetable was set at around six months, consistent with his desired December return. Rodriguez was a big part of what Southampton did last season and he'll be relied upon even more this season, especially with the departure of Rickie Lambert.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 23 - 5:14 PM

Japan look to be heading in the wrong direction, squandering several chances with a man advantage, and as a result are on the verge of elimination after a 0-0 draw with Greece.

Japan had to think one goal might be enough to win headed into this one given Greece's lack of scoring ability, but they simply couldn't break through. Once they were given a man advantage, they were dominating possession but could not find the end product in the final third, including two clear chances on net around the 70th minute. They are not eliminated yet, but they would need to defeat Colombia by a considerable margin and hope for a draw between Ivory Coast and Greece to get through. Maya Yoshida earns a clean sheet for his efforts.
Jun 19 - 8:08 PM

Japan struck first and were ahead as the match entered the final half hour, but a two goal barrage by the Ivorians spoiled the day as the Samurai Blue come away empty-handed in the 2-1 loss.

Maya Yoshida started at center back and other than a yellow card in the first half was part of an effective defensive unit against the physical Ivorians but eventually the opponents were twice able to muscle through for headers. Shinji Kagawa made some contributions but was generally quiet in this one as Japan now look to topple Greece.
Jun 14 - 11:09 PM

Morgan Schneiderlin was called up to join the French national team in Brazil for this year's World Cup after Franck Ribery and Clement Grenier were forced to leave due to injury.

Schneiderlin was very happy to be in the 30-man squad earlier this month and has now admitted to be surprised at being called up to the 23-man final squad. Schneiderlin is unlikely to see a ton of playing time in Brazil but being in the squad should be a great experience for him nonetheless. The midfielder has had a fantastic season at Southampton and will look to continue his fantastic form next season. Unfortunately, many of his contributions don't show up on the stat sheet, making him a poor fantasy option.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 9 - 5:35 PM

Victor Wanyama captained Kenya on the way to a 1-1 draw against Comoros earlier but the draw was good enough to send Kenya on the next round of qualifications for the 2015 African Cup of Nations.

Wanyama was a big part of what Southampton did this season and he seems to have carried his leadership on to his national team. Wanyama suffered through a series of injuries late in the season and it's good to see him healthy again. If he remains at Southampton, he will continue to be a big part of their team. Wanyama doesn't do enough on the stats sheet to be a good fantasy pick and is much better in real life than in fantasy.
May 30 - 4:23 PM

Both Southampton and Tottenham have acknowledged via their official Twitter feeds that Mauricio Pochettino has moved from the south coast to North London to manage Spurs.

The manager's seat at White Hart Lane has been a hot one in recent times with Harry Redknapp and then Andres Villas Boas and finally Tim Sherwood failing to significantly improve things at the club. Tantalizingly just outside the Champions League places, the North London club will be hoping that Pochettino will bring the same winning strategy that saw Southampton improve significantly in his first full season at the helm. They may also be hoping that he brings a few players - Lallana? Lovern? Rodriguez? - with him.
May 27 - 1:31 PM


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