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  • "I find it very sad that on the day a saints legend leaves for his hometown club a `fan` feels his only post should be to take a swipe at other fans.
    claiming that the `happy clappers` have only ever got things wrong and stick their heads in the sand is plainly wrong and again without any factual basis!
    hardly any fans mentioned qualifying for Europe and it was in fact the manager and players who brought it up, fans then commented on those comments (is that not allowed?) WRONG
    most fans liked NC for what he did for the club, and still do, when he was in charge many on here defended NC from attacks from certain posters who shall not be named! WRONG AGAIN!
    most fans did want NA to stay and also mentioned the passing style but as it started to get results they could see the benefits, even though they wanted us to get the ball up the pitch quicker. SO WRONG AGAIN!
    fans didn't want MP? really? most fans I know and on here didn't want NA to go but accepted the decision and were willing to give the new guy a go, as they do with most new managers, that's why the `white hanky waving` didn't work! SO AGAIN WRONG AND NOT FACTUAL AT ALL!
    yes people believed MP would stay although most just `wanted` him to stay (there is a huge difference). yet not many people stated he would definitely go, not until just before he left anyway! WRONG YET AGAIN AND TWISTING FACTS TO SUIT!
    we have sold 1 that's one player (so far) and have turned down bids for others (pretty much what Les Reed and Ralph have said) yes we sold SRL but that has been a one off, they didn't expect the bid and once SRL said he wanted to go they just couldn't stand in his way, and nor should they. WRONG, SO WRONG!
    you can claim other fans are `sticking their heads in the sand` all you like but I know that many others, like myself, are waiting to see what the next step is. if we appoint a poor manager we will know what the `ambitions` are. for now there is no reason to slate everyone at the club or call the board all sorts of crude and abusive names. there is also no reason to slate fans who want to support the club and team. most fans don't believe all the press speculation and, as when NC was here, tend to wait for things to be announced on the OS before accepting things as facts.
    some posters have been saying that Lalla and Luke are already gone and its a `done deal` for weeks and even when the club announce they have turned down the bids they refuse to believe it! I wonder whos wrong there.
    carry on slating the club and the fans all you like, if that's what makes you happy the so be it. personally I will continue to support the club and team I have supported for years, that's what makes me happy. if you are proven to be right in your claims I`m sure you will be straight on this site to gloat about how you `told us so` I know that's what you are waiting for. if however the players aren't sold and we employ a good manager who has a good transfer kitty you wont see me on here gloating and telling you how wrong you were (again), no you will see me on here supporting the team, still as I say, whatever makes you happy!"
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Saints stall Reds over Lallana

Saints stall Reds over Lallana

Adam Lallana

Adam Lallana

First published in Football

Saints are continuing to play hardball with Liverpool over a deal for Adam Lallana.

The Reds, who are due to complete the capture of Rickie Lambert today, also want to land Lallana before the World Cup begins, writes GORDON SIMPSON.

Liverpool lodged a final bid of £25m on Friday night and informed Saints that the transfer must be completed ahead of this summer’s tournament, or else they will turn their attention elsewhere.

However, despite that ultimatum, which the Anfield club also issued over a deal for Lambert, Saints have so far remained unmoved.

As chairman Ralph Krueger revealed last week, they want to hold off on all transfer dealings until a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino is appointed.

They broke from that policy after Liverpool’s bid for Lambert, believing that it could do more harm than good to prevent the striker making a dream move to his boyhood club.

However, they feel in a stronger position when it comes to Lallana, as is the case in regards to Luke Shaw, with Manchester United making their own attempts to push through a transfer for the teenage left-back this week.

Saints have so far ignored Liverpool’s offer and, with Lallana and the rest of the England squad having landed in Miami last night for a pre-World Cup camp, time is running out for the Reds to strike a deal.

Liverpool, who also want to sign Dejan Lovren this summer, are willing to send staff to Florida this week to conduct a medical, with the national team manager, Roy Hodgson, having said he will allow that to happen during free time if necessary.

However, a deal would need to be agreed with Saints first, and if that does not happen by the end of the week then there is no prospect of it being done before the World Cup is over.

Lallana has previously said that it “makes no difference” to him whether his future is sorted out before or after the tournament, although he is understood to be interested in exploring the possibility of a move to Anfield.

But Liverpool are adamant that they will not offer any more for the player, and although they may be bluffing about switching their attention to other targets, there is a distinct possibility they may chose to move on if this week proves fruitless for them.

If Lallana is desperate to go, he could attempt to force his way out, but, given his affinity to Saints, that would be a big call for him to make.

One Saints player who is definitely leaving before the World Cup is Lambert.

The 32-year-old should be confirmed as a Liverpool player today, having passed a medical on Saturday morning, with Saints receiving up to £5m for him, plus add-ons.

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