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Southampton FC: Patriotism

Started on 28 November 2014 by Maximus
Latest Reply on 25 June 2015 by Feliks
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Arsenal Beat Out Spurs and Chelsea in a Single Afternoon

Arsenal finally nab a top-class ball winning midfielder

Metro Journalist: Kenyan defensive midfielder, Victor Wanyama has become the latest player to leave Southampton after their takeover. Arsenal have managed to secure personal terms with Wanyama to beat out rivals Spurs and Chelsea to his signature, who also had the asking fee of 18M pounds accepted. Arsene Wenger will hope the deal eases the criticism of his transfer deals over past seasons, with fans and pundits alike questioning, primarily, the strength of his defensive midfield options. With the versatile Chilean, Alexis Sanchez out of favour at Barcelona, and rumours mounting that Sami Khedira could leave the Champions League holders this summer.

Southampton F.C Reveal Tour Destinations
Southampton have a 10 day training camp in Austria, playing 4 professional clubs
5 days will be spent in Portugal, playing 2 mayor clubs
Then another 5 days in Turkey, again playing 2 clubs
Finally, 4 days will be spent in Holland with 2 matches against Jupiler League sides

Luke Who’s Staying. A Shaw Thing?
With continental interest, can Southampton realistically afford to keep their brightest star? If so, will he want to stay?

The Guardian Journalist: In a massive turn of events, Southampton F.C wonderkid Luke Shaw will remain a Southampton player despite a world record 31M transfer fee offered by Manchester United being rejected yesterday evening. It is believed Shaw told Southampton officials he wanted to move to either United or Chelsea, but his club were unwilling to sell him at any price. The deal would have made Shaw the most expensive teenager ever, surpassing the likes of Marquinhos (23.5M to PSG), Saviola (24M to Barcelona), and former record holder Rooney (26M to Manchester United). Unlike Rickie Lambert’s rejected offer last week, it is not clear whether Shaw is happy with the outcome. Sources suggest Southampton have offered Shaw a new contract worth 50K per week, which equates to a 100% increase on his current weekly wage. This however, it is half the money United were prepared to pay the player. With a lack of left backs, and a massive transfer budget, United could yet make an irresistible offer to either Southampton or Shaw, or both.
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New Kits Revealed

Club website: The kits for the 2014/15 season were unveiled in front of the town walls, juxtaposing the old with the new. As expected, ‘Virgin’ will be the main shirt sponsor, with Adidas continuing their partnership as the kit manufacture. Owner, Sir Richard Branson, and players Rickie Lambert, James Ward-Prowse, Saido Berahino, and Nathaniel Clyne were on hand to model the new kit.

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Will He Make The Grade?

With no top flight experience, will Hughes adjust to the leap in class?

talkSport Journalist: Southampton F.C have confirmed the purchase of teenager Will Hughes. Attracting attention for his mature performances at Derby from Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, and both Manchester clubs, Southampton have swooped on the young midfielder under the noses of their league rivals, avoiding a probable bidding war with the financial heavyweights. The deal currently stands at 10M pounds, but could rise to 12M depending on matches played. Alongside fellow English teenager James Ward-Prowse, the future of Southampton’s central midfield looks extremely promising and skilful, but extremely light and inexperienced too.
cracking updates there fella, keeping shaw is going to be be genius abd nice signing in will hughes
Big signing in Hughes, he should do well

Fan Backlash
Are Southampton's iconic stripes a thing of the past?

Mirror Journalist: Following Southampton’s kit launch yesterday, fans have voiced their opinion via social media after their traditional red and white stripes have been neglected for a third successive season. Southampton’s press department released a statement on the club website stating that ‘a new era needs a new look.’ With the displeasure towards the new kit design, as well as the uncertainty over Luke Shaw’s future at the club, the transition is not going as smoothly as the Southampton board must have hoped. Last season, numerous fans vowed to boycott the kit, will we see the same this season?
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Davis Moves On

3 from 3. Davis' exit marks the third successive midfielder to leave the club

ESPN Journalist: Southampton’s Northern Irishman, Steven Davis has swapped red for green by agreeing personal terms with Celtic for 4M pounds today. The creative midfielder was a key player for Southampton last season, making 40 appearances and providing 7 assists, the clubs 2nd highest behind Rickie Lambert. The question is, who will take his place? Southampton have youngsters James Ward-Prowse, and new arrival Will Hughes who could naturally fill the position. But, with little experience will Gareth Southgate put his faith in either of them so early in their career as a starter, or will he bring in an established, creative midfielder?
@yiliang99: You're right, they will be seriously difficult to sign. But transfer targets often are. Cast your mind back to United over the summer. The list of rumoured targets was insane. Kroos, Vidal, Hummels, Robben, Shaw, Fabregas, Reus, Muller, and even Ronaldo was seriously being talked about.

@No1VillaFan: Thank you. Hoping Shaw stays. No other English left back comes close.

@Justice: Agreed. Will be interesting to see who secures a regular first team first out of him and Ward-Prowse
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A Rock At The Back
Does rejecting Everton's deal mean Stones has been promised a leading role at Southampton?

Metro Journalist: In the wake of anger being directed at the board over their traditional kit, Southampton fans have been given something to cheer about. Defender John Stones has joined the club in a 16M pound deal after failing to secure a new contract at Goodison Park. After already having earned full international 2 caps at 20 years of age, Stones is tipped by many to be a starter in Russia for 2018. Stones has become the first central defender at the club, with numerous players rumoured to also make the move south this summer including Phil Jones, Steven Caulker, Joleon Lescott, Michael Dawson, Michael Keane, and Newcastle duo Steven Taylor, and Mike Williamson.
I'm really enjoying these updates, and the faith you are putting in England's youth is great to see. Hughes and Stones will develop into stars, as will Shaw if you keep him
Nice Story so far and some great signing with Stones and Berahino! Keep it up!
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An Experienced Head To Bolster The Defence
With 222 Premier League appearances, Lescott more than triples Southampton's next highest appearing defender, Nathaniel Clyne with 73

Sky Sports Journalist: Experienced centre back, Joleon Lescott is the latest arrival at St Mary’s after signing a 2 year deal yesterday. The 31 year old has been a free agent since May after allowing his Manchester City contract to expire due to falling down the pecking order behind Kompany, Demichelis, and Nastasi? at the reigning champions. Lescott brings with him a wealth of experience which should have a large impact on solidifying Southampton’s incredibly young defence. With only two players able to play in the centre, surely another centre half is on the way?

Shaw: “I’m Not Going Anywhere”
Done deal: Shaw will remain at Southampton for the foreseeable future

Goal Journalist: After a week of speculation surrounding England and Southampton left-back Luke Shaw, he has personally put those rumours to bed after twitting a picture of himself, signing his new 5 year deal at Southampton. Shaw, who is currently with the England set up in Brazil ahead of their game against Uruguay tomorrow, is believed to now be earning 60K per week, a 100% wage increase. A source close to the club has stated that a ‘substantial bonus’ is included in his contract should the club qualify for the Champions League. The renewed deal should come as a massive boost to Southampton’s chances of qualifying for European football this season, after missing out by two league places last season. With United having offered a world record fee, and other heavyweight league rivals, including Chelsea and City believed to be tracking his progress, Southampton with Branson at the helm are continuing to prove they mean business now, and into the future.

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