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On 01/08/2020 at 06:28, whelk said:

That is a shit award to win. We used to have ‘most improved player’ for for our Saturday/Sunday sides which I always considered a bit patronising and would have been annoyed if I won. Never did and had to make do with quite a few top scorer and player of the season 😀

How very dare you.

As the proud winner of The Chichester Hospital Buffalos "most improved player" award in 1986 after coming bottom of The Bognor Promotional League (Div4) I would suggest everything should be taken in context.

I had to be stopped from doing a lap of honour.

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Ha ha.  The only time I ever got MOTM in my works team was when they stuck me between the sticks when our goalie didn't turn up.  Managed to save one of the shots with my face.  

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6 hours ago, steve green said:

How very dare you.

As the proud winner of The Chichester Hospital Buffalos "most improved player" award in 1986 after coming bottom of The Bognor Promotional League (Div4) I would suggest everything should be taken in context.

I had to be stopped from doing a lap of honour.

No one can take that away from you Steve. 

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6 hours ago, Manuel said:

Ha ha.  The only time I ever got MOTM in my works team was when they stuck me between the sticks when our goalie didn't turn up.  Managed to save one of the shots with my face.  

I went along on a Sunday morning to watch a friend and got roped in to running the line. I gave a goal against my friend's team when the ball went over the line in a goalmouth scramble and the ref was unsighted. There was a massive shout of appeal and they all looked at me. I think everybody was a bit surprised when I pointed to the centre circle. My only ever MOTM! 🙂

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Mate, you want to try reffing a game after you've volunteered after straining a hammy warming-up. Not sure who abused me most:  my team or the opposition. I still recall a classic:  a burly ex-rugby player (bit like me at the time) cop from my team who basically ran over a small guy on the ball from behind (pretty much elbowed him out of the way). I called a free kick against him  (miles from goal so no threat) and got an absolute mouthful that I've never forgotten. One of the things I like about rugby is that there is very little ref abuse. I love football, but I hate this side of it. I don't know how some of the refs in the PL can take it. Anyway, I digress.

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2 hours ago, SuperSAINT said:

With two years left, I hope we can get this done. If he doesn't sign a new contract by next summer, someone will get a bargain similar to the Hojbjerg transfer. Still he seems to love being here and he's fit as a fiddle now so I hope we can get this done soon.

Bertrand's contract too.

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3 minutes ago, LordHester said:

He says nothing about leaving, it’s entirely conjecture on the journalist’s part.

Indeed. I'm guessing Ings didn't rule out riding on the back of an elephant through IKEA car park disguised as Bobby Davro either? Make of that what you will...

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55 minutes ago, trousers said:

Indeed. I'm guessing Ings didn't rule out riding on the back of an elephant through IKEA car park disguised as Bobby Davro either? Make of that what you will...

New site problems - sort it out Steve 

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54 minutes ago, trousers said:

Indeed. I'm guessing Ings didn't rule out riding on the back of an elephant through IKEA car park disguised as Bobby Davro either? Make of that what you will...

I know for a fact his dad Shayne is a big Bobby Davro fan and has bought a sofa a kitchen unit from ikea, guess a  champions league runners  DVD will look great alongside The Davro does Derby Box set. 

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"football.london understands Tottenham also have strong, long-held, interest in Southampton striker Danny Ings but believe it would be too difficult a deal to pull off in this window."

Source: https://www.football.london/tottenham-hotspur-fc/transfer-news/tottenham-striker-transfer-ings-belotti-18926950 

I look forward to the opening £5m bid.

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7 hours ago, SuperSAINT said:

"football.london understands Tottenham also have strong, long-held, interest in Southampton striker Danny Ings but believe it would be too difficult a deal to pull off in this window."

Source: https://www.football.london/tottenham-hotspur-fc/transfer-news/tottenham-striker-transfer-ings-belotti-18926950 

I look forward to the opening £5m bid.

They will be looking at next summer when he only has a year left. Wouldn’t it be great if they went down this season.....!

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BBC Sports page reporting Tottenham's interest in Ings this morning. What a surprise! Unsettle the very player who sank them last time with a "wonder goal", just a week before we play them again. Is that the best they can do? To be honest though, Kane is looking a shadow of the player he was, including those recent England performances. I wonder if he's carrying an injury and Spurs know it........hoping one of the big clubs from Europe come in for him, thereby eyeing up Ings as a replacement. All conjecture of course, me thinking aloud and just throwing it out there....

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54 minutes ago, Jeremy Corbyn said:

Yep, this "interest" will be to plant the seed for next summer, sadly.

Hopefully our takeover will have materialised by then and we can win him over with a display of ambition and a 120k a week contract!

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10 minutes ago, Saint Garrett said:

We know how this ends - sadly...

Yeah, I can see it playing out unfort.

We wouldn't be able to pay him the wages he probably feels he wants now, so he's going to bide his time, it'll get to next summer and we'll have a 'can't lose him for free' scenario develop in front of our eyes. £30-40m? Tops.

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Surely Danny will stay as long as we are a successful team. If we have a good season and genuinely challenge for Europe then there is no reason why a local lad who has supported the club since he was a toddler would want to leave. Yes he might get more money at a big club but it's not all about money, in any case Saints no doubt would make it attractive enough for him to stay here without making a song and dance about it.

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53 minutes ago, Mr Saints said:

Sounds like Spurs are in for Palace reject Sorloth. 

An interesting one, no-one seems to know who owns him, as he's on a two year loan with an obligatory buy after x appearances...be interesting to see how that one plays out...

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4 hours ago, Charlie Wayman said:

Surely Danny will stay as long as we are a successful team. If we have a good season and genuinely challenge for Europe then there is no reason why a local lad who has supported the club since he was a toddler would want to leave. Yes he might get more money at a big club but it's not all about money, in any case Saints no doubt would make it attractive enough for him to stay here without making a song and dance about it.

Wayne Bridge was a local lad who had supported Saints since he was a toddler. Saints had just qualified for Europe with a cup final and a top 8 finish, yet he left. Unfortunately the romantic notion that he'll stay here forever because he loves the club and the fans is not reality for most players.  We are supposedly talking to him about a new deal, lets see how that pans out. 

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1 minute ago, Turkish said:

Wayne Bridge was a local lad who had supported Saints since he was a toddler. Saints had just qualified for Europe with a cup final and a top 8 finish, yet he left. Unfortunately the romantic notion that he'll stay here forever because he loves the club and the fans is not reality for most players.  We are supposedly talking to him about a new deal, lets see how that pans out. 

I agree, he has ticked the box of pulling on the Saints shirt scored at FP, he would of course be interested if a top 6 side came in for him

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Only way to stop speculation is to get him signed to a new deal, otherwise we will have to sell next summer should the demand be there.

Should think he would be opwn to it if we start the season well and show improvement.

He will have an eye on the Euros so knows he needs to be playing regularly, and also scoring.

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But, if Ings did want to go then you would hope that he would sign a new contract to at least ensure we got his true value. You do see some players do this, as we could lose 10s of millions if he was to go into the final year of his contract. 

If he goes on the cheap then he would be near impossible to replace, harder than if we did get the £50m+. Especially, if we still have Gao, as the Ings money would have to be spread over three players as we can only spend what we generate from player sales.

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There would be no better time to sell him. His stock is currently at its highest, there is no way he’ll replicate last season and with another year down on his contract, his value will also decrease. 
 

there is also potentially some value in the market with clubs struggling financially £50-£60m could go a long way to improving our overall squad. 
 

The trouble is, Tottenham  won’t offer anything near to what it’ll take to get him. 

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17 hours ago, Jeremy Corbyn said:

Are Spurs a better prospect then Wolves at the moment?

I don’t know, possibly. When we were in the same position as Wolves a few years back, even closer to the Champions League than they were, there was always the threat that our best players would still leave for Tottenham and even Everton, and some did. 
 

Matt Doherty, who was key in the Wolves set-up in the wing-back role has also just made the same move. 

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On 14/09/2020 at 14:56, Turkish said:

Wayne Bridge was a local lad who had supported Saints since he was a toddler. Saints had just qualified for Europe with a cup final and a top 8 finish, yet he left. Unfortunately the romantic notion that he'll stay here forever because he loves the club and the fans is not reality for most players.  We are supposedly talking to him about a new deal, lets see how that pans out. 

Not meaning to debunk your point, which i think does apply 90% of the time, but Bridge didn't actually want to go - Lowe told him he was going. We will have to do special things this season if ings is to stay...or be taken over by someone like RedBull. (Not ITK at the moment, but their owner has been a guest at St Mary's... last season)

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4 minutes ago, LeG said:

Not meaning to debunk your point, which i think does apply 90% of the time, but Bridge didn't actually want to go - Lowe told him he was going. We will have to do special things this season if ings is to stay...or be taken over by someone like RedBull. (Not ITK at the moment, but their owner has been a guest at St Mary's... last season)

Red Bull or RedBall ?!

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3 hours ago, LeG said:

Not meaning to debunk your point, which i think does apply 90% of the time, but Bridge didn't actually want to go - Lowe told him he was going. We will have to do special things this season if ings is to stay...or be taken over by someone like RedBull. (Not ITK at the moment, but their owner has been a guest at St Mary's... last season)

This summer, with a quality season behind him we could probably quote £50m for Ings.

Next summer, if he were to make it clear he didn't want to sign a new one and wasn't as high profile performance wise then it would probably drop to £15-20m if we were lucky given his age.

Lets hope he signs a new deal fairly soon because it won't end well otherwise (and there are probably no adequate replacements that will be available for our £12m - £15m price range!)

IMO he will either sign one by Oct/Nov or won't at all.

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2 hours ago, Dusic said:

This summer, with a quality season behind him we could probably quote £50m for Ings.

Next summer, if he were to make it clear he didn't want to sign a new one and wasn't as high profile performance wise then it would probably drop to £15-20m if we were lucky given his age.

Lets hope he signs a new deal fairly soon because it won't end well otherwise (and there are probably no adequate replacements that will be available for our £12m - £15m price range!)

IMO he will either sign one by Oct/Nov or won't at all.

Which bigger club would want to pay £15m-£20m for a forward who had a bad season, goal wise though?

I'd have thought "bigger" clubs would want one that's knocking them in like he was last season!

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