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    Toxteth Red wrote:
    Reliable sources up here say that if you don't accept our offer lallana put in a transfer request on his return from the World Cup. The good news for you is we aren't going to push the Lovren deal too much, if you don't accept then we have targets abroad.
    Thanks for a reasonable and not unpleasant post (we've had some real tossers posting on here from up there)
    Just because Adam puts in for a move doesn't guarantee the club will grant it, remember you played hardball with your prize asset and told him to just get on with his game and that turned out well for him and for the club.
    Hope you're right on the Lovren front because for my money he would be harder to replace than Adam for us. You shouldn't have too much of a problem to find an alternative because you have both the money and power to pull in big names - we have to grow our own, find 'em before they becomes stars or catch them as they just fall off the top places to squeeze another season or two out of 'em - that is hopefully about to change and in the future we'll be able to command the sort of respect the Reds currently do - be warned we're not that far from it now. In Lambert you have captured a diamond of a player and a bloke - his heart has always been up there on the Mersey and the only time I want him to fall flat on his rissole is when he faces us - An absolute gem of a professional - almost a dying breed when you look at the attitudes of far too many of the younger guns out there. I hope you end up loving him as much as he clearly loves the Kop."
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Southampton say they have no need to accept offers for their players

Southampton say they have no need to accept offers for their players

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger

Saints chairman Ralph Krueger

First published in Football

Saints have issued a statement following the departure of Rickie Lambert to Liverpool, addressing the issue of transfers and the search for a new manager.

Here it is in full...

"Southampton Football Club can confirm that we have received multiple offers for some of our players in the past weeks. This is a confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League.

"We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers.

"We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward.

"It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place.

"Our scouting & recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process.

"However, Southampton Football Club can confirm that it has reached agreement with Liverpool for the transfer of Rickie Lambert.

"There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie’s move to Liverpool.

"When Rickie Lambert requested to leave for Liverpool, the club felt it could not stand in the way of having him fulfil his boyhood dream of playing at home.

"It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now but also for many years to come.

"Chairman Ralph Krueger commented: “On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Rickie. He served with distinction and helped to take Saints from League 1 to the Premier League.

“Rickie has been a shining light in Saints’ growth and will forever remain an icon in the history of the club. He leaves with the best wishes of everyone at Southampton and will always be welcome back at St Mary’s.”

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