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    ghk230473 wrote:
    Baddesley Bill wrote:
    ghk230473 wrote:
    Baddesley Bill wrote: one comment you demand premiership class the very next you suggest the STH concessions should be better. I tend to sympathise that some of us will be paying a lot more due to policy changes ..but my over-riding thought is that you can't have it both seem to want your cake...and eat it.
    There's plenty out there without breaking the bank. We haven't spent for a long while and delap is still a record signing!
    I would like to get signings done sooner rather than later, and others out. That way the can bond and gel in pre-season matches instead of early season games. Qpr left it late and stayed up by the skin of their teeth. Adkins is back on trial and something tells me the don is not known for his patience
    With respect...we (as a club) have posted losses over the last few seasons in order to make the big league. Our current squad have proven themselves too good for the championship. Of course I agree that we need to strengthen pre-season...but to read your "we want cheaper tickets and massive player investment" comments tends to gripe a little. Adkins will always be on trial...he was last season...and I trust that he is up to the job without having to mortgage our Club.
    Bill, the tickets are what they are but to give £25 back as loyalty well you may as well not bother!
    I'm not demanding massive player investment just some and I would like it sooner rather than later. Would you not tend to agree that IF we had signed sharp a little earlier for a bit more it would have helped all round. He would have settled and been fitter sooner and we may not have needed to rely so heavily on tad? I know hind sight is a wonderful thing but like wise now, get players in and others out ASAP and let them gel.
    sorry to butt in ....... i hear what you're saying but who pays for it ? ........... the club is trying to be sustainable , we have to do our bit (dig deeper into our pockets) if we want to progress ......... it's simple as heck to me (but i am a simple person)."
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Saints make Butland enquiry

First published in Saints News

Saints have enquired after England goalkeeper Jack Butland – but are likely to have to offer first team football to land him.

The 19-year-old was a shock call-up for Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2012 squad, despite having not yet played a single club game for Birmingham.

Saints will sign a new keeper this summer after releasing Bartosz Bialkowski, leaving only the unfancied Tommy Forecast, who has not made a single appearance for the club in four years at St Mary’s, as the only back-up for Kelvin Davis.

The Daily Echo can confirm that Saints have enquired after the young stopper, rated at around £3m, but are one of a number of Premier League clubs to do so with Newcastle, Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham also interested.

It is understood that Butland, who is contracted to Birmingham until 2015, is only interested in a move away from St Andrew’s if he can be guaranteed some first team football.

He is likely to get that at Birmingham next season with the Blues expected to cash in on Ben Foster this summer.

For Nigel Adkins that would mean having drop Championship keeper of the year Davis or somehow change Butland’s mind to convince him he will be the long term replacement for Davis who turns 36 in September.

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