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Deal Close As Saints Boss Confirms One More Signing Expected
Monday, 29th Jan 2024 08:55

Southampton manager Russell Martin has said that he expects to make one more signing in the transfer window, whilst sources in the media are already claiming that this signing is very close.

The Daily Echo has spoken to Russell Martin about the last few days of the transfer window and the Saints manager has revealed that he is expecting at least one man in and hopeful that none would go out.

“I hope that we add one more player to the squad and that we don’t lose any of ours.

“We are going to have to wait and see. It is the hope that kills you.”

The main priority is a winger with it public knowledge now that after selling Nathan Tella to Bayer Leverkusen, the agreed deal with his replacement, fell through and the manager feels his team are a little weak on the right because of that.

Sam Amo-Ameyaw is a good prospect, but Martin feels that he is not quite ready yet, despite his good showing in the latter stages of the draw at Watford.

"We will still sign a winger for sure, he is only a 17 year old kid with a huge amount of potential.

"The game really suited him towards the end because he could be free without any defensive responsibility on him."

Although some Saints supporters are keen that Amo-Ameyaw should be given more game time, Martin is right, he has to be used with care and be brought on carefully to grow his experience and confidence.

The media seem to be sure just who that winger will be, are quoting respected reporter Sacha Tavolieri on his X account that Southampton & Burnley are close to an agreement for Manual Benson.

🇧🇪🔱 EXCL. Manuel Benson CLOSER THAN EVER to… #SouthamptonFC !
🟣 #BurnleyFC back in concrete talks with #SaintsFC officials since these ultimate days and are NOW CLOSE TO AN AGREEMENT !
💰 It’s a paid loan with an option to buy.
🇧🇪 Manuel Benson CHOOSE for #Southampton and WANTS the MOVE.
⏳ Wait&See… #mercato #twitterclarets #Burnley

So it seems that Burnley may well put their grievances aside from the summer transfer window when they failed to land Tella and accept that the player wants to head South.

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underweststand added 10:01 - Jan 29
Many football deals leave a feeling of "sour grapes" afterwards, but it's still hard to understand what Burnley were complaining about. Aside from the fact that they have never been a rich club, and rarely paid " big fees ", few people could deny that Saints' asking price for Nathan Tella (16 mill.) was par for the course and even a bit low.
NT had shown up well with us before he was loaned to Burnley and helped them to get promotion on the strength of his goal tally, but when Burnley then only offered a paltry
9 million in the summer, many people thought it was a joke. Did they really expect us to do them some sort of a favour and get him " on the cheap"?
Certainly Leverkrusen didn't think so ..and forked out... 23 million (?) with no qualms.
The fact that Nathan can't get regular starts with them is, in part, because they are still topping the Bundesliga with most of the squad they had last season. .his time will come.

Now for Burnley to put some sort of " delay/ ban " on us buying one of their players is childish, and on a par with a "playground scrap," not worthy of a Premier League club.
Burnley only have themselves to blame if they didn't want to pay the price for a player who was a big fan favourite and almost single-handedly helped them to promotion.

The Premier League is also a place for smaller clubs but only those with big ambitions, and Burnley may soon pay the price for their stinginess in trying to survive ..on the cheap.

Jesus_02 added 10:46 - Jan 29
I didn't think we could loan anymore?

Also no disrespect to him but if cant get into a struggling Burnley side is he going to somehow fit at Saints?

Bowlercow added 11:27 - Jan 29
Burnley were on sky quite a lot last season as the stormed the championship I remember Benson from that and he is very much like Tella in his style of play and many of his goals could be called Tella esk
Why Burnley chose not to buy either Talla or THB, who was also on loan there, just beggars belieIf It has to be caused by their management structure who are definitely in it to make money
If we do get him he should immediately fit into the style of play anyway No trial period required

TimSaint added 14:47 - Jan 29
In Sulemana and Edozie, we will shortly have 2 ready-made wingers joining our squad !!

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