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  • "This looks pretty certain so I'll assume it's happening. This is my view of our Premier League quality squad:

    GK
    Davis
    NEED

    DL
    Fox
    Buttner

    DR
    Richardson
    NEED

    DC
    Fonte
    Hooiveld
    NEED
    NEED

    ML
    Lallana
    NEED

    MR
    NEED
    NEED

    MC
    Cork
    Morgan
    NEED
    NEED

    CF
    Lambert
    Lee
    Sharp
    J-Rod
    Guly

    There are 14 out of 23 spots complete in my mind. With 7 additions needed over the next three season to have a team assured of retaining its place in the premier league every season.

    I'd also keep Chaplow, Butterfield and De Ridder until better players are found.

    I'd listen to serious offers for everyone else.

    Right side of midfield, a central defender, 'keeper and a central midfielder are musts for the start of this season.

    Good to see the four kids join the first team squad, they'll hopefully fill a few of the slots over the next few seasons."
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Southampton reach deal over transfer of Dutch defender Alexander Büttner from Vitesse

Alexander Büttner

Alexander Büttner

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Digital Editor

Vitesse Arnhem have said they have reached an agreement with Saints over the transfer of left back Alexander Büttner.

The Dutch club posted a statement on their website this afternoon.

The Eredivise side claim Saints today submitted an improved offer for the left back, meeting Vitesse's evaluation of the 23-year-old.

It is understood Büttner is now trying to sort out personal terms with Saints before sealing the move.

Fulham, QPR and Werder Bremen have also been tracking the player.

Buttner has made his name with the Eredivisie outfit at left back, even making the provisional Netherlands squad for Euro 2012.

But he has also played as a winger for Vitesse, while he came through the ranks at Ajax as a more central attacking player.

Vitesse have been resigned to losing the player this summer, with Buttner having just one year left on his current contract.

He has been allowed to travel to England to visit interested clubs, including Fulham and QPR as well as Saints.

German side Werder Bremen are also interested, but Buttner has made it clear from the start that St Mary’s is his choice.

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