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  • "A lot of money for an unproven player at Premier League level and only 1 year letf on his contract. £4m would be a fair amount. I'd be a bit gutted to see Chappers go tho - still think he's agot a lot to give at the top level. Would rather see Barnard go instead.

    New players I think we could realistically get for new season:
    Fabio on loan from United
    Keiran Richardson from Sunderland who wants out,
    Lukuka loan from Chelsea (they paid £18m for him and want to loan him out especially after signing Hazard & The Hulk),
    Owen on a free would be a kind of Connelly replacement in my opinion & would work well with Lambert (PLUS guaranteed 15 goals),
    Phillips from Blackpool (maybe Puncheon going the other way) has the pace we desperately need,
    Jarvis from Wolves (maybe - if the Phillips deal doesn't come off),
    Curtis Davis from Birmingham as backup for Fonte and Hosiveld,
    finally that Michu character who sounds good but don't know much about him."
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Southampton close in on Jay Rodriguez

Daily Echo: Saints transfer target Jay Rodriguez Saints transfer target Jay Rodriguez

Saints have had a £7m bid for Jay Rodriguez accepted by Burnley.

As revealed last week, the two clubs were in discussions regarding a deal worth in excess of £6m for the striker.

The Clarets, who are resigned to losing the 22-year-old this summer, had valued the player at £8m.

But with the forward having just one year left on his Turf Moor contract, the Championship side have been willing to accept a smaller sum.

If Rodriguez does move to Saints, the fee would break the club's long-standing transfer record, set when they signed Rory Delap for £4m from Derby in 2001.

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