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    tugboat wrote:
    ShakeyWiffles wrote:
    arthur dalyrimple wrote: Defoe is the best shout with Ricky Lambert , Barton at number 6 and someone fast on the right , Robert Green for Goalie , sorted.
    If we get Barton I'm supporting Pompey or someone else utterly rubbish that fleeces charities. Then again, I don't think Cortese would like somebody with those "ethics" on the team so thank god I'm safe. Why are people lowering our sights? I don't expect us to get any big names really but everyone's banging on about L1 and/or championship players with no prem experience (unless you count watching it on the tv experience) we need more established prem players, just a few to guide the rest of the squad in the right direction but I'm guessing NA and NC know this. Just open your minds and look at a few lesser known names that have done well in the prem and there may lie our solution.
    I read your post with interest,I personally am getting pretty miffed with people dripping on about "lets sign someone with prem experience" Why ? Lets gets this sorted out,the bottom half of the prem is barely up to the standard of the top half of the championship,in fact if you analyse the quality of football on offer,the top of the championship is the equivalent of midtable prem at least. Now then,take teams like everton for example who struggle financially,but have some degree of stability which has maintained their premiership existence,the saints team that came up would play them off any park you care to mention. Sooo when any player is mentioned that has performed well in the championship its my humble opinion that they will do the bizz in the prem. Why on earth would we want some worn out journeyman who has flattered to deceive in the next div up ? inflated wages,living on past glories and wants to be put out to grass,please NA get hungry players who still have some ambition left. Owen ,NOOOO,heskey NOOOOO etc etc ,Jay rod ,yes please. Oh and for gods sake get a keeper in asap who can give the great KD some sleepless nights.
    could not agree more! prem clubs have for years brought in cheaper foreign players rather than pay the higher asking price of lower league teams for british players. this has increased the quality of lower league football in this country as those players stay at lower levels. i am not saying we should pay over the odds for british players, all i am saying is there are some better quality players at lower levels than some so called prem quality players! if you can get the right player at the right price it shouldn`t matter what level they have previously been at! for example former liverpool player david ngog scored 4 goals in 27 apps for bolton last season, how many would rickie or billy have got? some (not me) thought rickie would struggle at champ level. the same thing has happened with british managers, there are many quality british managers plying their trade at lower levels whilst prem clubs have had a love affair with foreign managers. I am not anti foreign players/managers i would just like to see some more british talent given a chance."
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Southampton 'make £6m-plus offer' for Jay Rodriguez claim reports

Daily Echo: Jay Rodriguez (left) Jay Rodriguez (left)

Saints have reportedly offered in excess of £6m for Burnley striker Jay Rodriguez.

Nigel Adkins failed in his pursuit to sign the highly-rated forward during last summer's transfer window, but it appears the club have now gone back in for the 22-year-old as they look to strengthen the squad for their Premier League return.

The Clarets are ideally hoping to receive £8m for the player, who has one year left to run on his contract, but were said to be mulling over the offer from Saints, according to reports from Lancashire.

However, this afternoon Burnley's head of media, Darren Bentley, claimed the club had received no bids for the young striker, who is also said to be attracting the attention of Sam Allardyce at West Ham.

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