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    Seedhouse the Unrepentant wrote:
    Our attendances will increase next year which is a good thing. A couple of my mates are buying ST's for them and their kids, one supports Villa another Fulham, places of their birth. They always like to see Saints do well but aren't true fans like we all are. Their attendance will do well for crowd numbers and our coffers but it wont add anything to the atmosphere, infact it will probably dilute it. I noticed when we got down to our core support SMS rocked more than it usually does when full. It's a difficult problem to solve, I don't have an answer. I suppose we hope the kids become true Saints as they are from here.
    If we continue to do a good bit of business and get in a few Class Signings - then SAINTS will deliver with good football and WINS Home and Away in the Premiership.

    Like Birmingham Away last season (to mention just one selected game when it was snowing) - the Support was Magnificent and all you could hear on TV (recorded to watch later) was THE MIGHTY SOUTHAMPTON.

    RED ARMY-RED ARMY-RED ARMY
    PRIDE-PASSION-HONOUR
    .

    RED ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRMY.

    COYR."
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Saints wait for J-Rod to jet in

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SAINTS are hoping to complete the signing of Jay Rodriguez when the Burnley striker returns from holiday in Mexico.

A deal, thought to be worth about £7m, has been agreed between the clubs for the 22-year-old, who is due back in England next week.

The fee would smash Saints’ previous transfer record of £4m, which they paid for Rory Delap in 2001.

Rodriguez’s representatives are understood to be discussing personal terms with Saints in his absence, with the hope being that the player will be able to undergo a medical and finalise a switch immediately on his return.

Some reports yesterday suggested that midfielder Richard Chaplow was being used as a makeweight in the move.

However, it is thought that the Rodriguez transfer is simply a straight cash deal and there are no plans for Chaplow to leave St Mary’s at the moment.

The 27-year-old has also clearly stated his desire to remain at the club.

Writing on his Twitter page, Chaplow – who started his career at Turf Moor – said: “A lot of RUMOURS flying around on my future, I am still a saints player and it's somewhere I want to stay 4 a long time!”

has been chased by a number of clubs since breaking spectacularly into the first team at Turf Moor.

But the forward has not wanted to leave his boyhood side unless it is for Premier League football.

Rodriguez is understood to be impressed by the ambition shown by Saints, who won promotion back into the top flight last season.

And, while terms are still to be agreed, it appears as though that could be a cruc i a l aspect i n persuading him to leave his home town.

Saints attempted to sign Rodriguez last year, but were met with unwavering resistance from Burnley, while the player himself indicated he was not ready to move at that time.

However, with just one season left to run on his contract, the Clarets have been resigned to cashing in on him this summer.

The Championship side had valued the player at £8m, but the soundings have always been that they would be prepared to accept something in excess of £6m.

Rodriguez, who has one England Under-21 cap to his name, scored 21 goals last season. The year before that, in what was effectively his first full campaign, he bagged 15.

Should he move to Saints, he will be reunited with former teammate Danny Fox, with the left back having joined from Burnley last summer.

Rodriguez also played with midfielder Jack Cork, when he was on loan at Turf Moor in 2010/11.

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