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A Yank Abroad: Keeping the Saints Marching (Southampton FC)

Started on 8 August 2014 by newjetplanes
Latest Reply on 24 August 2014 by macario_fierro
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This is looking really good so far, for your first story. Keep it up, I'll be following! :)
Great story. Rotariu is a great talent, along with Iancu. If you have a meagre 1-2m to spend in a pretty good player and have the Romanian league loaded, look up Constantin Bodescu. 17 finishing, I think. Good luck!
@AlexTHFC - Thanks mate!

@Pauker - Thanks for the tip. Excited to develop them both!
Awesome updates mate! keep it up :)
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BREAKING: Southampton Sign Barkley in Record Deal

English international joins in £23m switch




After days of speculation, Southampton has announced the signing of 20 year old English midfielder Ross Barkley from Everton for a club record £23m.

“I’m of the opinion that Ross is the brightest prospect in English football,” said Porter of his new signing.

“He is a special player. He has power, pace, and technical ability. He has elements to his game that you rarely find in a player. He would look at home in any league in the world. I’m thrilled to be able to develop that talent moving forward.”

The terms of his contract have not been released, but it is rumored that Barkley has signed a 5 year deal with the Saints.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is said to be furious with the sale and has declined comment on the transfer.


Horn Join Saints Following £3.8m Swoop

Goalkeeper departs Koln after release clause is triggered




Southampton have bolstered their goalkeeping ranks by adding German youth international Timo Horn for £3.8m. The 21 year old joins the club from Koln on a 4 year deal.

Horn spent 2013 playing in the 2. Bundesliga where he made 31 appearance and kept a league-high 12 clean sheets. Horn was named to the 2. Bundesliga Team of the Year. He was also awarded the Koln Supporters’ Player of the Year award.

“Timo is one of the brightest, most promising young keepers in all of Germany,” said manager Caleb Porter of his new net minder.

“I think for the amount we paid we have pulled off a real coup. He has real quality and the sky is the limit in terms of what he can achieve here. Paired with Arthur Boruc, we now have two Premiere League quality goalkeepers at our disposal, which is very exciting.”

Following Horn’s arrival, the club announced that young goalkeeper Paolo Gazzaniga has joined La Liga side Numancia on loan for the season.

"Paolo is going out to get some games and continue his development," said Porter on the season-long switch.
This story has been brilliant so far, very in-depth and written very well in terms of style. Good luck mate!
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@joethequin Thanks mate. I am trying to be detailed and fly though the signings (not so easy!) so I can do my pre-season report and get to the matches already. Got some cool graphics ready for once that all hits. Thanks for following along!


Saints Sign Remy Cabella

Flamboyant midfielder joins from Montpellier




24 year old French international Remy Cabella is the latest player to join Caleb Porter’s Southampton revolution. The tricky midfielder has signed a 4 year contract after Southampton reached an agreement with Montpellier for what is believed to be a fee in the range of £10.5m.

Cabella enjoyed a breakout year in 2013 at Montpellier, scoring 6 goals and providing 11 assists in 33 appearance for the Ligue 1 club.

He is expected to play out wide left in Porter’s preferred 4-3-3 system, but is capable of operating in any number of the advanced attacking positions.

“Remy was one of the first players I targeted when I arrived,” said Porter.

“His pace and trickery out wide will give us a real threat down either flank. He’s capable of cutting inside and making fullbacks’ lives a living hell for 90 minutes.”

When asked if his spending spree would continue, Porter was direct with the media.

“You should expect to see two or three more bodies come in before we kick off our pre-season. We are still comfortably under our budget."

"I’m thrilled with the talent we have brought in so far and excited for the players we are negotiating with to be announced shortly.”
Cabella should have a great time with the Saints. Doing a great job replacing that lost talent.
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Some great signings here!
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For a first story, this is top notch! Great detail and writing so far. I'm excited to see how you'll do in your first season! Good luck!
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@squirmy420, @Griffo, @Zed - Thanks mates! Just a few more signings and then it's game time. Psyched to keep this story rolling.
Really rate Cabella, so should be a good signing for you!
What an amazing start to what is surprisingly your first story! Very nice graphics on show with some really well written updates!
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