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    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
    ghk230473 wrote:
    St Retford wrote:
    ghk230473 wrote:
    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
    ghk230473 wrote:
    Rumour has it that the don is ambitious and aiming for champions league, time plan unknown. Pressure is on adders and he needs to be ruthless with the cull and astute with new signings. Players have been to Vegas and reaped the fruits of their success, now down to the nitty gritty. Bus has arrived at premier league, those who can't catch it for next journey must move on. Back to back promotions can be easily forgotten when the going gets tough and what Adkins does this summer sets the foundation for the new season.
    What's Les Reed do then? I doubt transfer activity will be Nigels biggest strength. More motivation and getting a tight knit bonded squad functioning as a team and playing great football.
    Les scouts probably because he can't manage?
    Not trying to be negative but if things don't start well it won't be les that is under pressure.
    I hope Adkins is putting the don under pressure to get the signings in ASAP to allow them as much time as possible to gel with squad. Equally get rid of dead wood to free up funds. I know there are deals to be done but is it worth waiting till last minute to grab a bargain when you can get deals done now and have a full pre-season together. When making cement do you chuck in sand in last, give it a few spins then chuck out?
    But if this story is right then surely that's exactly what Nigel's doing? I think we're all aware that Nicola is a very ambitious man and I wouldn't have it any other way, but equally I'm very sure that Nigel will surprise quite a few people.

    I only hope he's had time for a decent holiday because I suspect he will be the hardest working man in football this season.
    Fair comment but is another striker a priority? Goal keeper to keep kelvin on his toes? No nonsense midfielder? Does any one believe Hammond to be a premier league player? I would have liked to have seen a few players make way by now as there are IMO some obvious ones that are not good enough. Worst job I'm sure but you can't carry any one and I'm sure they wouldn't want to be carried.
    Who knows who they're negotiating for and with. I'm sure they don't do one at a time! Maybe this one came to a conclusion quicker.

    I imagine they want to sign before selling and the trouble is so does the club they're buying from. It always ends up like a house chain.
    Precisely. You can bet your bottom dollar (whatever that is) that this is merely the tip of a very big iceberg of signings we're trying to conclude. You can probably also bet that the most important signings we make will be players that most of us haven't heard of."
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Southampton close in on Jay Rodriguez

Saints transfer target Jay Rodriguez

Saints transfer target Jay Rodriguez

First published in Sport

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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