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  • "So Coutinho prefers to go to Liverpool. I don't have a problem with that - the last thing we need is a player who would rather be somewhere else. I simply wish him well in his new Club.

    Although the failure to attract him here will be a bit of a confidence killer for our management team, it's not the end of the world. There will be other worthy targets to go for who truly want to be Saints - much better value than a half hearted player. I'm sure NC and MP have there eyes on suitable targets!

    My only concern is that NC and MP can get fresh players to sign up before Thursday's deadline. We shall have to keep our fingers crossed."
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Coutinho deal sealed

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

First published in Sport
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LIVERPOOL have had an £8.5m bid accepted for Saints target Philippe Coutinho.

Saints were reportedly prepared to pay £10.2m for the Inter Milan midfielder but their interest cooled when it became clear the player was holding out for a move to Merseyside.

Cash-strapped Inter need to sell the 20-year-old Brazil international in order to sign 24-year-old Brazilian midfielder Paulinho from Corinthians before the transfer window shuts.

The sales of Wesley Sneijder, who has sealed an £8.4m move to Galatasary, and Coutinho would easily fund the €15m move for Paulinho

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