Koeman confirms interest in signing defensive pair

Ronald Koeman

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Ronald Koeman has confirmed that Saints are interested in defenders Florin Gardos and Marcos Rojo, but insists neither of them have signed yet.

Saints are in the market for a new left sided centre half following the summer departure of Dejan Lovren, and both Gardos and Rojo fit the bill.

Reports in Romania today said that Gardos has completed a €6m (£4.8m) move from Steaua Bucharest to Saints, while Portuguese press have reported that Sporting Lisbon have rejected a €17m (£13.5m) bid for Rojo.

Koeman confirmed Saints’ interest but said talks of completed deals were wide of the mark.

Of Grada he said: “We are interested in the player but until now they haven’t told me that it’s signed or it’s OK.

“I don’t know but we are interested, that is true.”

When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.”

Koeman is still hoping to add to his squad quickly, with Celtic keeper Fraser Forster also expected to move to St Mary’s.

“It’s not that I say one or two or three, but we need more competition in the squad that we have until now. Maybe one or two or three because we have to be prepared,” said the Saints boss.

“I am very happy about the qualities in the squad until now, but you know even more than I know that a season is long in the Premier League and we need more players and more players on the level of the Premier League.

“To have real competition in the squad for that there will come more players in.”

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4:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

vidman says...

When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.”

Sums it all up, Reed is holding up any purchases. Probably has to talk to KL to ask he she will open her purse.
When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.” Sums it all up, Reed is holding up any purchases. Probably has to talk to KL to ask he she will open her purse. vidman
  • Score: -96

4:29pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Alicesdad says...

Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.
Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it. Alicesdad
  • Score: 105

4:34pm Fri 8 Aug 14

The Rise of The Foot Soldier. says...

GOOD - sound promising.
GOOD - sound promising. The Rise of The Foot Soldier.
  • Score: 54

4:48pm Fri 8 Aug 14

upwherewebelong says...

I just wish whoever is responsible for signings would get on with it. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the club is all talk now and no actions and there won't be any further additions as Krueger is lying about investing the 70million we received. It's sad but I see no evidence that Krueger and this board have any love or even respect for Saints
I just wish whoever is responsible for signings would get on with it. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the club is all talk now and no actions and there won't be any further additions as Krueger is lying about investing the 70million we received. It's sad but I see no evidence that Krueger and this board have any love or even respect for Saints upwherewebelong
  • Score: -81

4:50pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Malcombe says...

vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know Malcombe
  • Score: 75

4:56pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Andover Saint says...

I really hope we get them signed, the defence is quite worrying. Also need a pacey striker to play off of Pelle
I really hope we get them signed, the defence is quite worrying. Also need a pacey striker to play off of Pelle Andover Saint
  • Score: 33

5:09pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

vidman wrote:
When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.”

Sums it all up, Reed is holding up any purchases. Probably has to talk to KL to ask he she will open her purse.
The stumbling block is not Les Reed, try to curb your prejudice, or with Sporting Lisbon, the problem is with the three quarter owners Doyen Sports who want more than we are prepared to pay.
[quote][p][bold]vidman[/bold] wrote: When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.” Sums it all up, Reed is holding up any purchases. Probably has to talk to KL to ask he she will open her purse.[/p][/quote]The stumbling block is not Les Reed, try to curb your prejudice, or with Sporting Lisbon, the problem is with the three quarter owners Doyen Sports who want more than we are prepared to pay. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 36

5:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

notaclue says...

Malcombe wrote:
vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
I read that Sporting Lisbon only own 25% of Rojo so they get next to nothing if he is sold and his buy out clause is £30m. So they would rather let him walk away after next season than get £3m for him.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know[/p][/quote]I read that Sporting Lisbon only own 25% of Rojo so they get next to nothing if he is sold and his buy out clause is £30m. So they would rather let him walk away after next season than get £3m for him. notaclue
  • Score: 20

5:21pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Chapperall says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.
Yeah right. What planet are you on!
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.[/p][/quote]Yeah right. What planet are you on! Chapperall
  • Score: -59

5:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Chapperall says...

Andover Saint wrote:
I really hope we get them signed, the defence is quite worrying. Also need a pacey striker to play off of Pelle
Shhhhh mustn't say anything negative otherwise the happy police will be ranting at you or giving your bog thumbs down pathetic!
[quote][p][bold]Andover Saint[/bold] wrote: I really hope we get them signed, the defence is quite worrying. Also need a pacey striker to play off of Pelle[/p][/quote]Shhhhh mustn't say anything negative otherwise the happy police will be ranting at you or giving your bog thumbs down pathetic! Chapperall
  • Score: -68

5:28pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Andover Saint says...

Chapperall wrote:
Andover Saint wrote:
I really hope we get them signed, the defence is quite worrying. Also need a pacey striker to play off of Pelle
Shhhhh mustn't say anything negative otherwise the happy police will be ranting at you or giving your bog thumbs down pathetic!
u can't take the best 2 defenders out of a team and expect us to be ok. Ok we have replaced one but we need a big centre back if not 2 , not negative just a fact
[quote][p][bold]Chapperall[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andover Saint[/bold] wrote: I really hope we get them signed, the defence is quite worrying. Also need a pacey striker to play off of Pelle[/p][/quote]Shhhhh mustn't say anything negative otherwise the happy police will be ranting at you or giving your bog thumbs down pathetic![/p][/quote]u can't take the best 2 defenders out of a team and expect us to be ok. Ok we have replaced one but we need a big centre back if not 2 , not negative just a fact Andover Saint
  • Score: 54

5:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.
OK but I Question how much help Les Reed has ?
With FIVE top players to sign, I don't think he has enough time to do it all by himself !! He seems to have wasted a lot of time on Rojo, Forster etc and looks like getting nowhere.
He is also spending much time trying to stop more players leaving eg Morgan, J-Rod, Boruc, Cline etc although he has got Fonte to sign a new contract otherwise our central defense would be weaker still.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.[/p][/quote]OK but I Question how much help Les Reed has ? With FIVE top players to sign, I don't think he has enough time to do it all by himself !! He seems to have wasted a lot of time on Rojo, Forster etc and looks like getting nowhere. He is also spending much time trying to stop more players leaving eg Morgan, J-Rod, Boruc, Cline etc although he has got Fonte to sign a new contract otherwise our central defense would be weaker still. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -2

5:50pm Fri 8 Aug 14

nomorerumours says...

vidman wrote:
When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.”

Sums it all up, Reed is holding up any purchases. Probably has to talk to KL to ask he she will open her purse.
Unfortunately, you have misinterpreted his comments. The deal for Rojo is a highly complex one and needs to be overseen and negotiated by Ralph and Les. They are the deal makers. RonKo has given them his player wants list and full input and they and their support team then do their best for the club. Which is signing quality players after negotiating terms and realistic prices. This is a copy of the reason for the delay on this particular deal:

"Even Southampton supporters must be able to feel a shred of sympathy for Sporting Lisbon over Marcos Rojo. The Portuguese club only own 25% of the player after ending up in a very one-sided deal with third party investors Doyen Sports.

Portuguese newspaper O Jogo said on Thursday that a decision would be made that day on whether to accept Southampton's latest bid for the player of €17m. Sportinghad been minded not. It's not really worth it for them to part with one of their best players and then receive just over €4m for him, they'd perhaps be better off having him for another season and getting nothing in the end, especially if Rojo can help them win a domestic title and progress in European competition.

A decision wasn't made on Thursday and that's largely because Doyen themselves have got involved, explain O Jogo. The situation is still under discussion with Doyen holding back any outright refusal from Sporting to Southampton.

Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho confirmed on Thursday that bids had been received for Rojo but he didn't elaborate any further, he's probably not able to at this stage. Southampton have even asked for staged payment, which Sporting are fully against. €4m in one payment is a disappointment, in several it becomes farcical from their perspective.

Rojo has a buyout clause of €30m and the decision could come down to whether Doyen believe they can get that in the future or whether they're pressuring Sporting to sell for €17m now."

I copied it to an earlier DE thread but it needs repeating here as it is important for all Saints fans to understand. I still believe that Les will successfully secure Rojo who apparently wants to join us but it depends on the other 2 parties. In my view, we have an excellent team on our board with the right experience - they do not need to be football technicians but they do need to be shrewd business men. I used to run 2 businesses and appreciate the different types of skills required.
[quote][p][bold]vidman[/bold] wrote: When asked if the club were interested in Rojo he replied: “Yes.” When asked what stage it was at he added: “It’s more questions for the chairman and Les Reed.” Sums it all up, Reed is holding up any purchases. Probably has to talk to KL to ask he she will open her purse.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, you have misinterpreted his comments. The deal for Rojo is a highly complex one and needs to be overseen and negotiated by Ralph and Les. They are the deal makers. RonKo has given them his player wants list and full input and they and their support team then do their best for the club. Which is signing quality players after negotiating terms and realistic prices. This is a copy of the reason for the delay on this particular deal: "Even Southampton supporters must be able to feel a shred of sympathy for Sporting Lisbon over Marcos Rojo. The Portuguese club only own 25% of the player after ending up in a very one-sided deal with third party investors Doyen Sports. Portuguese newspaper O Jogo said on Thursday that a decision would be made that day on whether to accept Southampton's latest bid for the player of €17m. Sportinghad been minded not. It's not really worth it for them to part with one of their best players and then receive just over €4m for him, they'd perhaps be better off having him for another season and getting nothing in the end, especially if Rojo can help them win a domestic title and progress in European competition. A decision wasn't made on Thursday and that's largely because Doyen themselves have got involved, explain O Jogo. The situation is still under discussion with Doyen holding back any outright refusal from Sporting to Southampton. Sporting president Bruno de Carvalho confirmed on Thursday that bids had been received for Rojo but he didn't elaborate any further, he's probably not able to at this stage. Southampton have even asked for staged payment, which Sporting are fully against. €4m in one payment is a disappointment, in several it becomes farcical from their perspective. Rojo has a buyout clause of €30m and the decision could come down to whether Doyen believe they can get that in the future or whether they're pressuring Sporting to sell for €17m now." I copied it to an earlier DE thread but it needs repeating here as it is important for all Saints fans to understand. I still believe that Les will successfully secure Rojo who apparently wants to join us but it depends on the other 2 parties. In my view, we have an excellent team on our board with the right experience - they do not need to be football technicians but they do need to be shrewd business men. I used to run 2 businesses and appreciate the different types of skills required. nomorerumours
  • Score: 39

5:51pm Fri 8 Aug 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.
OK but I Question how much help Les Reed has ?
With FIVE top players to sign, I don't think he has enough time to do it all by himself !! He seems to have wasted a lot of time on Rojo, Forster etc and looks like getting nowhere.
He is also spending much time trying to stop more players leaving eg Morgan, J-Rod, Boruc, Cline etc although he has got Fonte to sign a new contract otherwise our central defense would be weaker still.
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Reed is just doing his job, Ron is doing his. Let them get on with it.[/p][/quote]OK but I Question how much help Les Reed has ? With FIVE top players to sign, I don't think he has enough time to do it all by himself !! He seems to have wasted a lot of time on Rojo, Forster etc and looks like getting nowhere. He is also spending much time trying to stop more players leaving eg Morgan, J-Rod, Boruc, Cline etc although he has got Fonte to sign a new contract otherwise our central defense would be weaker still. NC Fan4Life
  • Score: -6

6:02pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jon Forte says...

Malcombe wrote:
vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
Shut up muggy.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know[/p][/quote]Shut up muggy. Jon Forte
  • Score: -28

6:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Saint Chris says...

Had a look at both players on YouTube. Have to say Marcos Rojo looks like a fantastic buy. Reminds me of a left footed Dejan Lovren, which will bring greater balance to the defence. Not sure how much playing time Gardos would get though, can see that money being better spent elsewhere. I do like the transparency of this new leadership however.
Had a look at both players on YouTube. Have to say Marcos Rojo looks like a fantastic buy. Reminds me of a left footed Dejan Lovren, which will bring greater balance to the defence. Not sure how much playing time Gardos would get though, can see that money being better spent elsewhere. I do like the transparency of this new leadership however. Saint Chris
  • Score: 14

6:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Saint Lambert says...

Need to get a move on, season starts in a week. Raised over 90m and haggling over 1 or 2? Thought we were reinvesting it all in the team!!
Need to get a move on, season starts in a week. Raised over 90m and haggling over 1 or 2? Thought we were reinvesting it all in the team!! Saint Lambert
  • Score: 5

7:08pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Clock is ticking, tempes fugit, new season opens in 9 days and the transfer window closes in 25.

For crying out loud get a move on. Just cough up and give the selling clubs what they want, we can spare a few mil here and there and we need players in the squad pronto.

(Good God what a way to run a football club.)
Clock is ticking, tempes fugit, new season opens in 9 days and the transfer window closes in 25. For crying out loud get a move on. Just cough up and give the selling clubs what they want, we can spare a few mil here and there and we need players in the squad pronto. (Good God what a way to run a football club.) Jan28th1984
  • Score: -20

7:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

michael67 says...

Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.
Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs. michael67
  • Score: 6

7:12pm Fri 8 Aug 14

andygoater1957 says...

Malcombe wrote:
vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
Sporting said on first day it was £16m and have not moved from it.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know[/p][/quote]Sporting said on first day it was £16m and have not moved from it. andygoater1957
  • Score: 5

7:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

andygoater1957 says...

michael67 wrote:
Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.
Why can other teams do it faster then use?
[quote][p][bold]michael67[/bold] wrote: Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.[/p][/quote]Why can other teams do it faster then use? andygoater1957
  • Score: -7

8:01pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

andygoater1957 wrote:
michael67 wrote:
Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.
Why can other teams do it faster then use?
Yes, it's frustrating, isn't it? Maybe if we had just agreed to double the transfer fees, double all the players' wages and slipped a few brown paper bags in the direction of the agents, we'd have kept our wannaways happy and brought in and bedded in a dozen new boys before the start of August.

Then, looking ahead, we'd hammer Liverpool next week, sit on top of the table by Christmas and be bankrupt by May. But hey, imagine the fun we'd have in Hampshire pubs chatting to the skates.

'Oh, it happened to you lot, too, eh?'

'You should've seen that one coming, we did warn you.'

'Have another pint, 1p in the pound goes to the Trust and, as you're beginning to realise, every little helps at times like this.'

'Your lot signed that bloke from Cambridge yet? I heard he's wanted by some top Conference sides, you better get a move on.'

'Oh well, better go. See you at the derby next weekend. If we beat you, we'll move above Torquay.'
[quote][p][bold]andygoater1957[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]michael67[/bold] wrote: Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.[/p][/quote]Why can other teams do it faster then use?[/p][/quote]Yes, it's frustrating, isn't it? Maybe if we had just agreed to double the transfer fees, double all the players' wages and slipped a few brown paper bags in the direction of the agents, we'd have kept our wannaways happy and brought in and bedded in a dozen new boys before the start of August. Then, looking ahead, we'd hammer Liverpool next week, sit on top of the table by Christmas and be bankrupt by May. But hey, imagine the fun we'd have in Hampshire pubs chatting to the skates. 'Oh, it happened to you lot, too, eh?' 'You should've seen that one coming, we did warn you.' 'Have another pint, 1p in the pound goes to the Trust and, as you're beginning to realise, every little helps at times like this.' 'Your lot signed that bloke from Cambridge yet? I heard he's wanted by some top Conference sides, you better get a move on.' 'Oh well, better go. See you at the derby next weekend. If we beat you, we'll move above Torquay.' Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 23

8:20pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

andygoater1957 wrote:
michael67 wrote:
Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.
Why can other teams do it faster then use?
Faster than us? Perhaps they cheat?
[quote][p][bold]andygoater1957[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]michael67[/bold] wrote: Give them time, contracts have to be written carefully due to players just changing their minds when offered a higher wage by money bag clubs.[/p][/quote]Why can other teams do it faster then use?[/p][/quote]Faster than us? Perhaps they cheat? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 11

8:20pm Fri 8 Aug 14

AdamG10 says...

The Rojo deal is obviously a very complex one and will take time. Whilst I totally agree we need 1 if not two CB's I'm more concerned about the other end of the pitch. Apart from Pelle I think we are looking incredibly weak upfront. Surely another striker has to be a priority. The links for strikers seem to have dried up over the last few days, decent ones that is ,not the dross I read about at the beginning of the week ie Samaras. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Danny Ings.
The Rojo deal is obviously a very complex one and will take time. Whilst I totally agree we need 1 if not two CB's I'm more concerned about the other end of the pitch. Apart from Pelle I think we are looking incredibly weak upfront. Surely another striker has to be a priority. The links for strikers seem to have dried up over the last few days, decent ones that is ,not the dross I read about at the beginning of the week ie Samaras. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Danny Ings. AdamG10
  • Score: 5

8:22pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

andygoater1957 wrote:
Malcombe wrote:
vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
Sporting said on first day it was £16m and have not moved from it.
Are you sure it was Sporting and not Doyen Sports? Remember Sporting only own a quarter of the player, they won't get much out of the deal anyway.
[quote][p][bold]andygoater1957[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know[/p][/quote]Sporting said on first day it was £16m and have not moved from it.[/p][/quote]Are you sure it was Sporting and not Doyen Sports? Remember Sporting only own a quarter of the player, they won't get much out of the deal anyway. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 8

8:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Saint Lambert wrote:
Need to get a move on, season starts in a week. Raised over 90m and haggling over 1 or 2? Thought we were reinvesting it all in the team!!
Reinvesting is the key, not overpaying greedy bar stewards.
[quote][p][bold]Saint Lambert[/bold] wrote: Need to get a move on, season starts in a week. Raised over 90m and haggling over 1 or 2? Thought we were reinvesting it all in the team!![/p][/quote]Reinvesting is the key, not overpaying greedy bar stewards. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 11

8:27pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Malcombe says...

Jon Forte

Shut up muggy!! so which label would you like to pin on me having Googled the meaning of muggy? humid, sticky, close, sultry, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy like a Turkish bath, one thing is certain with me I do not undermined any member of the Board, when a turnover of a business is in the millions every job needs intelligence, loyalty, honesty and dedication that is why I will never slag off Southampton FC Board as my loyalty is with the Club that I've loved for over 40 years and it will never change.
Jon Forte Shut up muggy!! so which label would you like to pin on me having Googled the meaning of muggy? humid, sticky, close, sultry, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy like a Turkish bath, one thing is certain with me I do not undermined any member of the Board, when a turnover of a business is in the millions every job needs intelligence, loyalty, honesty and dedication that is why I will never slag off Southampton FC Board as my loyalty is with the Club that I've loved for over 40 years and it will never change. Malcombe
  • Score: 9

8:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Jon Forte wrote:
Malcombe wrote:
vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
Shut up muggy.
If you are going to join the thread it would good to get a balanced comment, even the neggiest neggie could have added more to it than this.
[quote][p][bold]Jon Forte[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know[/p][/quote]Shut up muggy.[/p][/quote]If you are going to join the thread it would good to get a balanced comment, even the neggiest neggie could have added more to it than this. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 10

8:39pm Fri 8 Aug 14

BarnetSaint says...

When we want to sign players, it becomes complicated and drawn out .
When it came to shift ours out, done in a flash, the most sickening example being chambers.
That's one player we should have retained for the season, if Wenger can see his potential in the middle of defence, why couldn't we ?

But of course Wenger clicks his finger and he's off in a flash.

Watch his value rocket .

Now come on Kruger and reed. You're not being fair on our manager.

Back your words with action for once.
When we want to sign players, it becomes complicated and drawn out . When it came to shift ours out, done in a flash, the most sickening example being chambers. That's one player we should have retained for the season, if Wenger can see his potential in the middle of defence, why couldn't we ? But of course Wenger clicks his finger and he's off in a flash. Watch his value rocket . Now come on Kruger and reed. You're not being fair on our manager. Back your words with action for once. BarnetSaint
  • Score: -5

9:31pm Fri 8 Aug 14

peregrine73 says...

BarnetSaint wrote:
When we want to sign players, it becomes complicated and drawn out .
When it came to shift ours out, done in a flash, the most sickening example being chambers.
That's one player we should have retained for the season, if Wenger can see his potential in the middle of defence, why couldn't we ?

But of course Wenger clicks his finger and he's off in a flash.

Watch his value rocket .

Now come on Kruger and reed. You're not being fair on our manager.

Back your words with action for once.
Perhaps we can deduce from recent failures to obtain players is that both reed and Krueger are poor at negotiations and risticted financially?
This may be the reason for recent low offers for players,reacurring poor offers have made us butts for derisory remarks from press.
[quote][p][bold]BarnetSaint[/bold] wrote: When we want to sign players, it becomes complicated and drawn out . When it came to shift ours out, done in a flash, the most sickening example being chambers. That's one player we should have retained for the season, if Wenger can see his potential in the middle of defence, why couldn't we ? But of course Wenger clicks his finger and he's off in a flash. Watch his value rocket . Now come on Kruger and reed. You're not being fair on our manager. Back your words with action for once.[/p][/quote]Perhaps we can deduce from recent failures to obtain players is that both reed and Krueger are poor at negotiations and risticted financially? This may be the reason for recent low offers for players,reacurring poor offers have made us butts for derisory remarks from press. peregrine73
  • Score: -7

9:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

peregrine73 says...

Sky reporting Celtic accepted 10mill bid for foster,he will have talks with Saints
Sky reporting Celtic accepted 10mill bid for foster,he will have talks with Saints peregrine73
  • Score: 7

9:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

peregrine73 says...

Sky reporting Celtic accepted 10mill bid for foster,he will have talks with Saints
Sky reporting Celtic accepted 10mill bid for foster,he will have talks with Saints peregrine73
  • Score: 6

10:24pm Fri 8 Aug 14

sabotobal says...

Come on then you lot, how come none of you have wondered if there was a link between all our players going , particularly the younger ones and the sudden dismissal of Jason Dodd and Paul Williams. Chambers sudden departure to Arsenal made me raise my eyebrows. I wondered if there was a bit of bad influence coming from within the camp. Just a thought.
Come on then you lot, how come none of you have wondered if there was a link between all our players going , particularly the younger ones and the sudden dismissal of Jason Dodd and Paul Williams. Chambers sudden departure to Arsenal made me raise my eyebrows. I wondered if there was a bit of bad influence coming from within the camp. Just a thought. sabotobal
  • Score: 5

12:51am Sat 9 Aug 14

randre says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
I just wish whoever is responsible for signings would get on with it. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the club is all talk now and no actions and there won't be any further additions as Krueger is lying about investing the 70million we received. It's sad but I see no evidence that Krueger and this board have any love or even respect for Saints
Woah, that even made me feel depressed.

Good job its Friday!!
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: I just wish whoever is responsible for signings would get on with it. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the club is all talk now and no actions and there won't be any further additions as Krueger is lying about investing the 70million we received. It's sad but I see no evidence that Krueger and this board have any love or even respect for Saints[/p][/quote]Woah, that even made me feel depressed. Good job its Friday!! randre
  • Score: 2

12:51am Sat 9 Aug 14

randre says...

upwherewebelong wrote:
I just wish whoever is responsible for signings would get on with it. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the club is all talk now and no actions and there won't be any further additions as Krueger is lying about investing the 70million we received. It's sad but I see no evidence that Krueger and this board have any love or even respect for Saints
Woah, that even made me feel depressed.

Good job its Friday!!
[quote][p][bold]upwherewebelong[/bold] wrote: I just wish whoever is responsible for signings would get on with it. I'm coming to terms with the fact that the club is all talk now and no actions and there won't be any further additions as Krueger is lying about investing the 70million we received. It's sad but I see no evidence that Krueger and this board have any love or even respect for Saints[/p][/quote]Woah, that even made me feel depressed. Good job its Friday!! randre
  • Score: -1

6:34am Sat 9 Aug 14

Sammy2sheds says...

Malcombe wrote:
Jon Forte

Shut up muggy!! so which label would you like to pin on me having Googled the meaning of muggy? humid, sticky, close, sultry, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy like a Turkish bath, one thing is certain with me I do not undermined any member of the Board, when a turnover of a business is in the millions every job needs intelligence, loyalty, honesty and dedication that is why I will never slag off Southampton FC Board as my loyalty is with the Club that I've loved for over 40 years and it will never change.
You stood by Lowe and his board as well.thank god for the fans that spoke out.you are condoning incompetence and that is hurting the club you love so dearly.do not blindly follow.support your club and care what is actually happening.
[quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: Jon Forte Shut up muggy!! so which label would you like to pin on me having Googled the meaning of muggy? humid, sticky, close, sultry, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy like a Turkish bath, one thing is certain with me I do not undermined any member of the Board, when a turnover of a business is in the millions every job needs intelligence, loyalty, honesty and dedication that is why I will never slag off Southampton FC Board as my loyalty is with the Club that I've loved for over 40 years and it will never change.[/p][/quote]You stood by Lowe and his board as well.thank god for the fans that spoke out.you are condoning incompetence and that is hurting the club you love so dearly.do not blindly follow.support your club and care what is actually happening. Sammy2sheds
  • Score: -3

8:50am Sat 9 Aug 14

randre says...

Sammy2sheds wrote:
Malcombe wrote:
Jon Forte

Shut up muggy!! so which label would you like to pin on me having Googled the meaning of muggy? humid, sticky, close, sultry, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy like a Turkish bath, one thing is certain with me I do not undermined any member of the Board, when a turnover of a business is in the millions every job needs intelligence, loyalty, honesty and dedication that is why I will never slag off Southampton FC Board as my loyalty is with the Club that I've loved for over 40 years and it will never change.
You stood by Lowe and his board as well.thank god for the fans that spoke out.you are condoning incompetence and that is hurting the club you love so dearly.do not blindly follow.support your club and care what is actually happening.
There is a huge difference between the Lowe era and the current regime. I' among thousands were against Lowe and what was happening at that point, but we still gave 100% support to the team, whilst making our feelings known towards Lowe.

In this case there are absolutely no similarities as this board have done what's best in difficult circumstances. They have hired a great manager (not the Lowe cheap option), got top money for players that wanted out (rather than accept any offer) and they have been going after the top targets that Koeman have given them. Above all they have communicated with the fans.

The season is about to begin and I am going to give the club my full support.
[quote][p][bold]Sammy2sheds[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: Jon Forte Shut up muggy!! so which label would you like to pin on me having Googled the meaning of muggy? humid, sticky, close, sultry, steamy, oppressive, airless, stifling, stuffy, clammy, damp, moist, soupy, heavy, fuggy like a Turkish bath, one thing is certain with me I do not undermined any member of the Board, when a turnover of a business is in the millions every job needs intelligence, loyalty, honesty and dedication that is why I will never slag off Southampton FC Board as my loyalty is with the Club that I've loved for over 40 years and it will never change.[/p][/quote]You stood by Lowe and his board as well.thank god for the fans that spoke out.you are condoning incompetence and that is hurting the club you love so dearly.do not blindly follow.support your club and care what is actually happening.[/p][/quote]There is a huge difference between the Lowe era and the current regime. I' among thousands were against Lowe and what was happening at that point, but we still gave 100% support to the team, whilst making our feelings known towards Lowe. In this case there are absolutely no similarities as this board have done what's best in difficult circumstances. They have hired a great manager (not the Lowe cheap option), got top money for players that wanted out (rather than accept any offer) and they have been going after the top targets that Koeman have given them. Above all they have communicated with the fans. The season is about to begin and I am going to give the club my full support. randre
  • Score: 0

8:51am Sat 9 Aug 14

jls217 says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
andygoater1957 wrote:
Malcombe wrote:
vidman

You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know
Sporting said on first day it was £16m and have not moved from it.
Are you sure it was Sporting and not Doyen Sports? Remember Sporting only own a quarter of the player, they won't get much out of the deal anyway.
Didn't know that - thanks. That's probably why it's all so complicated and drawn out then add to that these people know we have some pennies and they will be doing a Les Reed and hanging out for every penny and 1% they can squeeze out of us - and they are in the driving seat 'cos others are also interested and they know we need him badly.

Not nice to be on the receiving end of a Portuguese version of Les.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andygoater1957[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Malcombe[/bold] wrote: vidman You are certain that Les Reed is the obstacle? Did it ever occur to you that it could be Sporting Lisbon who are haggling and they probably do not want lose Rojo or perhaps the Player wants certain terms that have to be negotiated? It's very easy to blame Les as it's his job to get the very best Players for Southampton but often obstacles have to be overcome and transfer take time, I suggest that you apply for the post that Les Reed has, I do know Les Reed has been abroad this week negotiating for Southampton but it seems you could do his job better than him, if you Google Southampton FC you can get all the contact details to Email and ask for an application form for his job, I can assure you that if you address the Email to Les Reed you may get a reply and possibly a phone call like I have over the last 2 weeks, all I would say in support of Les Reed is it's not just what you know it's who you know[/p][/quote]Sporting said on first day it was £16m and have not moved from it.[/p][/quote]Are you sure it was Sporting and not Doyen Sports? Remember Sporting only own a quarter of the player, they won't get much out of the deal anyway.[/p][/quote]Didn't know that - thanks. That's probably why it's all so complicated and drawn out then add to that these people know we have some pennies and they will be doing a Les Reed and hanging out for every penny and 1% they can squeeze out of us - and they are in the driving seat 'cos others are also interested and they know we need him badly. Not nice to be on the receiving end of a Portuguese version of Les. jls217
  • Score: -2

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