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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

Dejan Lovren's Croatia were eliminated by Mexico in a big 3-1 loss that saw the Croatians collapse in the last 20 minutes.

Croatia was the slightly better team in the first half but couldn't capitalize on their chances and seemed to tire out from pressing high up the pitch. Once tired, Croatia collapsed. They conceded three goals in 10 minutes and then let emotions run high with poor tackling and mistakes. Ante Rebic was sent off for a nasty tackle that saw him get a straight red card. Ivan Perisic scored a consolation goal but it wasn't enough as Croatia finish third in the group ahead of Cameroon and behind Brazil and Mexico.
Source: FIFA
Jun 23 - 5:56 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

Croatia Starting XI: Pletikosa; Srna, Corluka, Lovren, Vrsaljko; Modric, Pranjic; Perisic, Rakitic, Olic, Mandzukic.

Dejan Lovren starts as Croatia take on Mexico in a must win game. Croatia make the round of 16 with a win but are eliminated with a loss or a draw.
Jun 23 - 3:09 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

Croatia bounced back from an opening night loss to Brazil with a convincing 0-4 defeat of Cameroon.

The win sets up a battle with Mexico for the right to advance to the Round of 16, provided that hosts Brazil come away with a least a point against a weak Cameroon side. Mexico would need only a draw thanks to the draw they earned with the hosts while the Croatians will need an out-and-out win. With Mario Mandzukic in the side (he scored twice today) Croatia certainly pose as a formidable opponent. Dejan Lovren acquitted himself well and will try to stop El Tri.
Jun 18 - 8:02 PM

Croatia XI: Pletikosa, Pranjic, Perisic, Corluka, Lovren, Rakitic, Modric, Srna, Mandzukic, Olic, Sammir

The big change here is Mario Mandzukic, normally Croatia's nailed-on striker, returns to start after serving a suspension in the opening match. Both sides here desperately need three points but a draw would prevent either from elimination tonight.
Jun 18 - 6:19 PM

Arsenal are rumored to be leading Liverpool, Manchester United, and Chelsea for the signature of Southampton right back Calum Chambers.

Arsenal have been linked to almost as many right backs this summer as Liverpool have left backs. In the 19-year old Calum Chambers, they could have their solution at that position for years to come if he lives up to expectations. Whether Wenger is willing to leave a starting position in the relatively inexperienced hands of Chambers and Carl Jenkinson in a season when they hope to be challenging for a title is another question. It seems more likely that Arsenal would go for a slightly more accomplished but still relatively young player like Serge Aurier who has been frequently linked to the club.
Jun 17 - 10:03 AM


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