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    The Salv wrote:
    RisingSon wrote:
    The Salv wrote:
    promised land wrote:
    The Salv wrote: Dont bother - not even a recognised international player.
    so you are suggesting we change the entire squad ? because no one at Saints are recognised internationals.
    No I am suggested that if Saints need to move to the next level you need to sign better players than you have already got. . This guy isnt even a recognised international player. . As another poster has mentioned about Lambert and Lalana and Rodriguez, these are only Championship proven players. . Pay a little more and get proven ability, otherwise we will just end up with another Jelle Van Dam!
    So, in order to get to the next level, how many players do you reckon we should get?
    Well what do you think? Where would you like to see Saints in the next few years? . Im sure this guy will do a job but is he a player that would be pushing for European Qualification? . Just think if your going to pay 2 million you may as well pay another 2 and get someone you know is decent. Rather than just waste 2 million?
    I think I will continue to trust NA and laugh at lazy shoolboy selectaside sticker collectors like you. Part of the fun is being lucky enough to watch your own-grown develop through the divisions and spotting the shrewd buys en route too. It isn't always the big signings that make the team you know-sum of it's parts. Many before you have fallen for the "I want that one" attitude."
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Dutch left-back Alexander wants Saints move

Saints' current first choice left back, Danny Fox

Saints' current first choice left back, Danny Fox

First published in Sport

SAINTS are hoping to beat off competition from two Premier League clubs to sign defender Alexander Buttner.

The 23-year-old left back, who plays in the Dutch league for Vitesse Arnhem, is reportedly a target for Fulham and QPR.

Buttner, who has a year left on his current contract, has already held talks with the London sides, after his club allowed him to visit England, and was supposedly meeting Saints officials last Friday.

He is also attracting interest from German club Werder Bremen. But it is St Mary's that appears to be his first choice.

"I want to go to Southampton," he is quoted as saying in the Dutch media today. "I have to wait for both clubs to reach an agreement, but I count on the co-operation of Vitesse."

"It would be a massive disappointment if this didn't go through.

"I have been to Southampton and everything - including the living conditions - is perfect."

Buttner, who played as a winger before being converted to a left back, was named in the Netherlands' provisional list of 36 players for the Euro 2012 tournament, one of nine uncapped players to be chosen by manager Bert van Marwijk.

He didn’t make the final squad, though.

Danny Fox made Saints’ left back role has own last season, but Nigel Adkins is searching for more competition.

Dan Harding and Ryan Dickson can both play left back, but the latter is totally out of favour and didn’t play a single league game last season.

Harding, a regular when Saints won promotion from League 1 in 2010/11, was restricted to just 12 Championship starts last season plus eight off the bench.

Adkins has only made one summer signing so far – breaking Saints’ transfer record to bring in Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez for a fee around the £7m mark.

• This is just one of the many rumours that have made the Saints Transfer Rumour Round-Up, which is updated daily to provide fans with a one-stop shop with all the transfer gossip involving Saints.

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