Saints will look to wrap up the signing of England goalkeeper Fraser Forster after completing the signing of Saphir Taider.
The 22-year-old Algerian midfielder became Ronald Koeman’s fourth summer signing on a season long loan deal from Inter Milan that saw Dani Osvaldo move in the opposite direction.
Saints have not yet completed their business, however, and Forster is top of the list of candidates to provide the new keeper that Koeman targeted quickly after arriving at the club.
Forster’s Champions League dream for the new season was last night shattered as Celtic lost 2-0 at home to Legia Warsaw to crash out 6-1 on aggregate at the qualifying round stage With the Scottish giants having lost out on around £20m from failing to qualifying for the lucrative main group stages, concluded, Forster’s £8m move to St Mary’s is clear to take place if a final agreement can be reached.
It all adds to a growing sense of positivity around Saints as the squad begins to swell after a summer of high profile departures.
Confirmation of the deal that saw Osvaldo out and Taider in came yesterday evening.
Both are season long loans with options for the moves to be made permanent for fees of about €7m (£5.5m).
Both of these are individual deals and do not depend on both sides wanting to make the switches permanent.