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    Richmond Boakye-Yiadom
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    English Premier League side Southampton sent a scout to watch Ghana striker Richmond Boakye-Yiadom in last Sunday's Eternal Derby in Serbia.

    Boakye lasted the entire duration and scored a terrific header for Red Star Belgrade to earn a come-from-behind 1-1 draw with rivals Partizan.

    It was his third goal of the season in two league matches.

    The 25-year-old impressed against the Saints in the summer when he scored for former club Jiangsu Suning in a pre-season match in China.

    Jiangsu signed Boakye from the Serbia club for £ 5m last season but agreed to let him go back to Belgrade on a two-year deal when Red Star qualified for the Champions League.

    There are reports scouts representing Galatasaray, Borussia Dortmund, Genoa, SPAL, Pescara, Fiorentina Villarreal, Real Valladolid, Getafe, Las Palmas and Lille were also present.
    Rafael Toloi
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    Southampton are eyeing a move for Atalanta defender Rafael Toloi during the January transfer window, it has been claimed.

    The Brazilian centre-back arrived in European football when Roma signed him from Sao Paulo in 2014, but he returned to his homeland just half-a-season later.

    Atalanta brought him back to Italy in 2015 and he has been a rock at the back of the Serie A side over the last three years.

    His performances in Italy have been noticed by several sides and it has been claimed that Atalanta could be fielding offers for him from England in the winter window.
    Mark Hughes is keen to add to his defence in January and according to Italian broadcaster Sport Mediaset, Toloi has emerged as a target for Southampton for the coming months.

    The south coast club are expected to make a move for Toloi in January and table an offer to take the 27-year-old to England in the middle of the season.

    It remains to be seen whether Atalanta would be prepared to lose a key player such as the defender in January.

    The Brazilian has a contract until 2020 with the Serie A outfit.

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    Nice idea for a thread, Garrett.

    It's never too early!

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    Do we need another striker?

    A defender, yes please.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamplemousse View Post
    Do we need another striker?

    A defender, yes please.
    WOuldnt be surprised to see Austin and Gabbi moved on in Jan. Austin would be a decent signing for a championship club.

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    The Sun (yes I know) claiming that Hughes is also looking at Lille winger Nicholas Pepe. You have to go all the way to the end of this Boakye article to get to it...

    https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/footb...grade-jiangsu/

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    another centre back. If true that crazy stockpiling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pamplemousse View Post
    Do we need another striker?

    A defender, yes please.
    Absolutely. Someone as an out, a bit of strength and endeavour, and preferably one that can act as a focal point, instead of a headless chicken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baird of the land View Post
    another centre back. If true that crazy stockpiling.
    Guessing Yoshida will be gone (unfortunately). Stephens needs a loan - not sure he'll ever quite be good enough, but some regular football at either top end of Championship or somewhere like Cardiff? Even Europe would be good. Not sure what that means for Bednarek who's always looked pretty good to me.

    The striker could be good as Hughes obviously doesnt fancy Gabbiadini and Austin hasnt been great in his limited appearances. Shlong shouldnt be playing regularly for a decent premier league team...

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    Clearly we need a quick and direct wide player. Thats the no1 requirement by an absolute mile.

    Shipping out Austin and replacing with a player who can run would be a bonus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dusic View Post
    Clearly we need a quick and direct wide player. Thats the no1 requirement by an absolute mile.

    Shipping out Austin and replacing with a player who can run would be a bonus.
    they are too hard to find these days- 6 years ago we might have had the best technology for scouting, but feel like everyone else has caught up now.

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    More money wasting, bigger squad, even more changes and confusion.

    Let's just add to the long list of players being poorly coached and going backwards.

    I'd prefer to see sales. Start with Long and Austin, time to move on Davis, Hoedt if anyone would take him. Gabbiadini if he's not happy and just isn't going to play. Then invest in a proper manager.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansfc View Post
    More money wasting, bigger squad, even more changes and confusion.

    Let's just add to the long list of players being poorly coached and going backwards.

    I'd prefer to see sales. Start with Long and Austin, time to move on Davis, Hoedt if anyone would take him. Gabbiadini if he's not happy and just isn't going to play. Then invest in a proper manager.
    Let's not get carried away by agent talk who see the plight we are in. There is no money to buy players unless we sell a few first. I agree with you on that list of PTSBD players but will anybody want them and will there be enough time negotiate and conclude good deals for them before we start shopping. Then their is the inescapable fact that we have not been very good at bringing in even half decent players in January in recent seasons.

    As an aside will Hughes' opinions matter one jot or tittle by January?

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    Why are we so intent on signing average CB's? Utter mess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabbage_Face View Post
    Why are we so intent on signing average CB's? Utter mess.
    I'd guess because the ones we have currently are below average, it would actually improve us.

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    Why do we leave the best CB we've got on the bench?

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    We don’t need to sign a CB.
    It is clear that we will continue to play Hoedt...... probably until we are relegated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saint Garrett View Post
    WOuldnt be surprised to see Austin and Gabbi moved on in Jan. Austin would be a decent signing for a championship club.
    Best we keep him for next season then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batman View Post
    We don’t need to sign a CB.
    I agree - we need at least 2 - but it should be quality not just quantity

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    Les Reed said, "We've been watching Boakye carefully for a number of years and monitoring his progress, as with all our transfers. We definitely didn't just think "who's that? He looks decent" when he played against us in a friendly".

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansfc View Post
    More money wasting, bigger squad, even more changes and confusion.

    Let's just add to the long list of players being poorly coached and going backwards.

    I'd prefer to see sales. Start with Long and Austin, time to move on Davis, Hoedt if anyone would take him. Gabbiadini if he's not happy and just isn't going to play. Then invest in a proper manager.
    If only for the manager, we'd be challenging top half. I respect the hustle.

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    A right back....one that can defend and is bigger than 5ft nothing...that will mess up other teams whose tactic is high balls to far post or down his wing

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    What we're missing and have been missing for a few seasons is a proper defensive midfielder that can break up the play and cover defence, we haven't had one since Wanyama and the reason the defence look terrible and we can't get people forward is because we don't have that cover.

    Plus a striker that isn't injury prone, can score goals and will be played would be nice.

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    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45607843

    I don't imagine for one second we'd be in for Gary Cahill, but I really hope the board look at him as an option (maybe to the end of the season or an 18 month deal). Can't help but think he is exactly the kind of player we need right now; plenty of experience, loads of honours and experience captaining a successful side. We are desperate for leadership on the pitch.

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    Im not his biggest fan but would absolutely take him right now, but no chance we'd pay his wages.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericb View Post
    What we're missing and have been missing for a few seasons is a proper defensive midfielder that can break up the play and cover defence, we haven't had one since Wanyama and the reason the defence look terrible and we can't get people forward is because we don't have that cover.
    Romeu was fans player of the season year before last, so I can't see we have been missing a DM since Wanyama left. He seems to be half the player he was then at the moment but its difficult to say we don't have one, we just need to get him back to form or make sure the system he is playing in suits him better. He also seems to struggle when playing with Lemina (and vice versa).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectisSaint View Post
    since Wanyama left. .
    Now that is a player I'd have back, doesn't seem to be first choice at Spurs

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    Quote Originally Posted by Super_Uwe View Post
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45607843

    I don't imagine for one second we'd be in for Gary Cahill, but I really hope the board look at him as an option (maybe to the end of the season or an 18 month deal). Can't help but think he is exactly the kind of player we need right now; plenty of experience, loads of honours and experience captaining a successful side. We are desperate for leadership on the pitch.
    I thought the same. Ideal for us, but wages would be the deal breaker.

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    Seems unlikely I agree. Possible if the board can "do a Rupert Lowe" and get Chelsea to pay half his wages, like they did with Le Saux back in the day. Depends how desperate we are by January!


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    What's our transfer success rate like past 2 years? 1 good in 5?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heisenberg View Post
    What's our transfer success rate like past 2 years? 1 good in 5?
    What's the good one? Ings, I guess?

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    What's the good one? Ings, I guess?
    Ings and errrr yes Ings


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    Be a good signing Cahill. The player we tried to get with Hoet and then tried again with Vest. He can do a job for a couple of years whilst we see if the other two (or more likely Bed and Stephens) improve.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hodgey View Post
    Be a good signing Cahill. The player we tried to get with Hoet and then tried again with Vest. He can do a job for a couple of years whilst we see if the other two (or more likely Bed and Stephens) improve.
    I think he would def be a short term upgrade.

    Can't help but feel that we need an upgrade to screen the defence as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VectisSaint View Post
    Romeu was fans player of the season year before last, so I can't see we have been missing a DM since Wanyama left. He seems to be half the player he was then at the moment but its difficult to say we don't have one, we just need to get him back to form or make sure the system he is playing in suits him better. He also seems to struggle when playing with Lemina (and vice versa).
    Romeu was brilliant. And then rubbish.

    Hojbjerg has been up and down, but has talent.

    Lemina has talent and experience, but not convinced Saints is the right fit for him.

    Just seems the product of several poor managerial appointments and confused ideas. Our midfield is a mess, just needs some consistency. I'd like to see Hojbjerg, Romeu and Armstrong for a while.

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    Simply two good guys, Jose Fonte and Ricky Lambert, or at least their current Championship equivalents, two leaders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adriansfc View Post
    Romeu was brilliant. And then rubbish.

    Hojbjerg has been up and down, but has talent.

    Lemina has talent and experience, but not convinced Saints is the right fit for him.

    Just seems the product of several poor managerial appointments and confused ideas. Our midfield is a mess, just needs some consistency. I'd like to see Hojbjerg, Romeu and Armstrong for a while.
    Just feel Armstrong is miles out of his depth

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    Sell Hoedt...... Is gash and bad attitude

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    Quote Originally Posted by ally_uk View Post
    Sell Hoedt...... Is gash and bad attitude
    We no longer sell our players though nowadays, just loan them out whilst massively subsidising their wages. Such is the success of our transfer policy and recruitment. Nice one Les.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ally_uk View Post
    Sell Hoedt...... Is gash and bad attitude
    Based on what exactly?

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    Paco Alcácer.....who we were heavily linked with the last couple of transfer windows is showing a touch of class while on loan at Dortmund.And only from the bench I might add. Scoring for fun, 6 goals in 3 matches.
    A €30 option to buy at the end of the season.
    What a mistake in throwing a sizeable proportion of that on Carrillio.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Super_Uwe View Post
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45607843

    I don't imagine for one second we'd be in for Gary Cahill, but I really hope the board look at him as an option (maybe to the end of the season or an 18 month deal). Can't help but think he is exactly the kind of player we need right now; plenty of experience, loads of honours and experience captaining a successful side. We are desperate for leadership on the pitch.
    Not how biggest fan at all, but would have him in a heartbeat and make him captain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saint lard View Post
    Paco Alcácer.....who we were heavily linked with the last couple of transfer windows is showing a touch of class while on loan at Dortmund.And only from the bench I might add. Scoring for fun, 6 goals in 3 matches.
    A €30 option to buy at the end of the season.
    What a mistake in throwing a sizeable proportion of that on Carrillio.


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    Pretty dramatic today scoring a hat trick.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsPjoVNCcIw

    I remember someone suggest we go for the current Dortmund manager (Favre) after Koeman left, saying he improved every team he's been at.

    But Les brought us Puel, Pellegrino, and Carrillo instead.

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    Seeing as Vest is now worse than Bednarek and Hoedt then presumably we'll be after a centre back.

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    And Armstrong can't get in the squad, so presumably we'll be after an attacking midfielder.

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    And Mo hasn't set the world alight so we'll probably be after a winger.

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    Let's hope we can do as well we've done in recent windows.

    Sub-keeper looks good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    Seeing as Vest is now worse than Bednarek and Hoedt then presumably we'll be after a centre back.
    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    And Armstrong can't get in the squad, so presumably we'll be after an attacking midfielder.
    Quote Originally Posted by benjii View Post
    And Mo hasn't set the world alight so we'll probably be after a winger.
    I don't care who we sign as long as it's four of them by noon on January 3rd.

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    Would love us to take a gamble on Bradley Dack.

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