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13 hours ago, stevy777_x said:

Source close to Sofiane’s people.

A departure is definitely not a given as Ralph likes Boufal and wants him to stay.

Board is pushing for a departure as they want to recoup some money.

I was told the club want him gone and that he's going so will be interesting to see what happens.

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I can't imagine Ralph does really want to keep him - he's not even 2nd choice for his position.  Djenepo, Smallbone and even Long are more likely to get on the pitch in front of him and that was the case for most of last season.  If Ralph wanted him and rated him higher then he would have got more minutes last season - only way I can see him staying is if the offers are so poor that it's just not worth it.

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6 minutes ago, hypochondriac said:

I was told the club want him gone and that he's going so will be interesting to see what happens.

makes sense, cash in now for a player on a decent wage and get him off the books or lose him for nothing next year. 

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3 hours ago, tajjuk said:

If Ralph wants him then why hasn't he played him more? 

Think it is more complicated than that.

Ralph likes him as a player, but does he like him to the point as starting every game in front of Redmond and co?
Don´t think so.

Plus he only started 8 games last season for several reasons:

- He stabbed his toe in the kitchen just as he was in the groove and was absent for a month

- when Redmond got injured, it was his chance to shine but corona kicked in and he didn t get it.

- he got injured just as project restart started


I was told Sofiane has no issues staying provided he is given a real chance to stake his claim.

What is important for him is to be fully involved, he doesn’t a bit part role, whether that is at Southampton or elsewhere.

Let’s see how this pans out before the end of the window.

A good indicator will probably be his involvement in the next few games.

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43 minutes ago, stevy777_x said:

What is important for him is to be fully involved, he doesn’t a bit part role, whether that is at Southampton or elsewhere.

This is a shame as he is a good bench option but I personally think Djenepo has much more about him than Boufal so if anyone is going to be competing with Armstrong and Redmond it should be him. Also, I like that we have a path for youth with Smallbone right on the cusp of coming through too. Boufal is a good squad player but it he doesn't want a bit part role he should head off.

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How much would we realistically get for Boufal? £5m + having to subsidise some of his salary? who could we get who’d be an improvement on what we have for £5m? 
 

he hasn’t set the world alight and has been pretty unlucky with injuries, but I think it’s clear, technically he’s one of our best players. Get the best out of him and he has something we’re massively lacking in the ability to change a game off the bench. 

thought this could be his breakthrough year as I thought playing in that left wing / 10 role would be perfect for him, but for whatever reason it wasn’t to be. 
 

personally, on balance, I’d keep him unless we find someone willing to take him on and cover all his salary and we can get a replacement for c. The amount we receive. 

Completely different situation to that of Hodet and lemina who are compete bellends... boufal is a pretty decent lad and a liked member of the squad. 

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SKY SPORTS TRANSFER CENTRE

RALPH SEEKS SAINTS REINFORCEMENTS

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed the club are actively looking for a new midfielder following the sale of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg earlier in the summer to Tottenham.

Club Brugge striker Emmanuel Dennis has been linked with the club but Hasenhuttl wouldn't be drawn on the reported deal involving Wesley Hoedt going to Belgium.

Alex McCarthy will remain the No 1 Saints 'keeper despite Fraser Forster returning from his Celtic loan. Forster or Angus Gunn will be loaned out this season, Hasenhuttl confirmed.

He said: "More needs to be done, absolutely. We know we have lost a No 6 with Pierre gone and we need to do something. There is a long way to go.

"There is still time to go but we have a good XI. We have a lot of games this season so we'll need some alternatives."

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I don't know a lot about that Emmanuel Dennis, but just looked at his scoring record and it's nothing to shout about. Never hit double figures in a single league season, playing in Ukraine and Belgium. Comparing him to Wesley, who was also from Club Brugge and had a similarly average scoring record and he cost £22m and has ultimately flopped so far.

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1 minute ago, HarvSFC said:

I don't know a lot about that Emmanuel Dennis, but just looked at his scoring record and it's nothing to shout about. Never hit double figures in a single league season, playing in Ukraine and Belgium. Comparing him to Wesley, who was also from Club Brugge and had a similarly average scoring record and he cost £22m and has ultimately flopped so far.

Not a lot of clips on YT either, but what you can find shows a player with pretty dodgy control. His first goal against Madrid went in when his first touch ended up playing the ball against his standing foot. 

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1 minute ago, verlaine1979 said:

Not a lot of clips on YT either, but what you can find shows a player with pretty dodgy control. His first goal against Madrid went in when his first touch ended up playing the ball against his standing foot. 

Carillo MKII.

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40 minutes ago, HarvSFC said:

I don't know a lot about that Emmanuel Dennis, but just looked at his scoring record and it's nothing to shout about. Never hit double figures in a single league season, playing in Ukraine and Belgium. Comparing him to Wesley, who was also from Club Brugge and had a similarly average scoring record and he cost £22m and has ultimately flopped so far.

He doesn't play that many minutes so his goals per minutes played is decent enough. See: https://www.transfermarkt.com/emmanuel-dennis/leistungsdaten/spieler/448854/plus/0?saison=ges

35 minutes ago, Badger said:

Carillo MKII.

Oh 😞.

 

Seriously though, he doesn't seem any better than Obafemi. Don't see any point in this.

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1 hour ago, Appy said:

Someone like Loftus-Cheek on loan wouldn’t surprise me 

He is made of glass, which is a shame as he is quality.

Not sure he is a '6' though.

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Link to Russian midfielder Daler Kuzyaev, free agent after leaving Zenit:

https://www.championat.com/football/news-4130831-sautgempton-izuchaet-vozmozhnost-podpisanija-kuzjaeva.html?utm_source=champtw&utm_medium=social

If that ends up happening you would feel its low down the list of targets. Maybe a backup option.

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1 hour ago, Saint_clark said:

It's quite frankly absurd that there is an international game 4 days before the start of the season. 

We weren't complaining when Rickie scored on his England debut, 3 days before the start of the 13/14 season.

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1 hour ago, Saint_clark said:

It's quite frankly absurd that there is an international game 4 days before the start of the season. 

The PL could have easily pushed the season start back a week. Those Nations League games were in the calendar before covid

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2 hours ago, Nolan said:

I'd be happy for us to push him on further.... 

To give this some perspective you need to bear in mid the level of defenders there means Wesley Hoedt can play for a top side in Belgium.

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2 minutes ago, Turkish said:

To give this some perspective you need to bear in mid the level of defenders there means Wesley Hoedt can play for a top side in Belgium.

Hes done it against Man U and Real

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4 hours ago, woodsaint1 said:

We were previously linked so wonder if that interest will re-emerge. No space however unless we are planning to move on Boufal as suggested

And the main thing: no money.

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33 minutes ago, Turkish said:

Quite a signing, but not sure Mourinho has the interpersonal skills to make it work as Eva Carneiro will testify.

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32 minutes ago, Turkish said:

In my NFL whatsapp group the americans, especially women, are really excited about this. They don't follow real football at all but they were chatting about spurs and, strangely, Harry Kane due to this. Womens football seems pretty good for marketing yourself across the pond and you don't even need to splash out on a Pulisic.

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10 minutes ago, TWar said:

In my NFL whatsapp group the americans, especially women, are really excited about this.

To be fair if you are in a group chat about NFL the change of weather outside would appear really exciting...

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On 10/09/2020 at 14:23, SKD said:

personally, on balance, I’d keep him unless we find someone willing to take him on and cover all his salary and we can get a replacement for c. The amount we receive. 

Completely different situation to that of Hodet and lemina who are compete bellends... boufal is a pretty decent lad and a liked member of the squad. 

I agree with this, and as Stevy points out he was unlucky with injuries last season. Also I don't think 'not a bit part role' means starting every game, but more not 'only considered when we're desperate'.  i don't think he's fit for today, is he? Which would rather illustrate the problem.

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2 hours ago, TWar said:

In my NFL whatsapp group the americans, especially women, are really excited about this. They don't follow real football at all but they were chatting about spurs and, strangely, Harry Kane due to this. Womens football seems pretty good for marketing yourself across the pond and you don't even need to splash out on a Pulisic.

You’re in an NFL WhatsApp group and you had the cheek to say I was boring the other day 

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1 hour ago, Turkish said:

You’re in an NFL WhatsApp group and you had the cheek to say I was boring the other day 

NFL is a surprisingly fun sport if you give it a go. Not a coincidence that the superbowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. 

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3 minutes ago, TWar said:

NFL is a surprisingly fun sport if you give it a go. Not a coincidence that the superbowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. 

I have given it a go but after 2hours I gave up . The games need to be reduced to action on the field . In USA people seem to have it on as background !

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So the only recent links have been Choudhury (would surely cost too much yo be worth it) and the Russian lad (available on a free).

Imagine we will see some strong linka shortly as we are in dire need of another midfielder - cannot be in a PL season with two CMs (three with Smallbone).

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3 minutes ago, Dusic said:

So the only recent links have been Choudhury (would surely cost too much yo be worth it) and the Russian lad (available on a free).

Imagine we will see some strong linka shortly as we are in dire need of another midfielder - cannot be in a PL season with two CMs (three with Smallbone).

Think we would look to replace Boufal (if he goes?) or do you think Ralph sees Tella as doing that?

Going to be tricky to find the money to afford 2 players.

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If anything yesterday showed we need a progressive midfielder 

A nice left sided midfielder at RB Salzburg called Dominik Szoboszlai - 19yrs - scored 7 goals for them seems to have pace as well.

Probably out of our budget though 

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