SAINTS are not the only promoted team looking to strengthen their squad ahead of the 2024/25 Premier League season.

Leicester City and Ipswich Town are also working behind the scenes to add quality as they bid to avoid an immediate return to the Championship.

Last season saw all three newly promoted teams - Sheffield United, Burnley and Luton - relegated back to the second tier.

In terms of confirmed signings, Saints have been the most active of the promoted teams having announced the arrivals of Adam Lallana, Charlie Taylor, Ronnie Edwards and Nathan Wood.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis' permanent switch has also been made official after his four-year contract started on July 1.

Here is how Leicester and Ipswich's summer transfer windows have shaped up so far as they, much like Saints, look to avoid the drop...

Leicester City

Having won the Championship last season, Leicester were dealt a blow before the transfer window had even opened when their manager Enzo Maresca left to take charge at Chelsea.

The Italian had only spent one season at the helm, but could not turn down the chance to manage an English giant.

Steve Cooper has been appointed as his successor, hinting at a potential change of style at the King Power Stadium.

Former Nottingham Forest and Swansea City boss Cooper is not associated with the same possession-based philosophy Maresca instilled last term.

In addition to losing their manager, Leicester are still waiting to discover if they will be hit by a heavy points deduction.

And to cap off a series of blows, key player Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has followed Maresca out of the door by joining Chelsea.

Wilfred Ndidi, Dennis Praet, Kelechi Iheanacho and Marc Albrighton have also left on a free transfer. 

To offset the departures, the Foxes have signed Bobby De Cordova-Reid, a reported Saints target, on a free transfer.

Abdul Fatawu, who hit a hat-trick against Saints, is also believed to have made his loan move permanent, while that deal is yet to be officially announced.

Cooper's side have also signed Chelsea youngster Michael Golding, 18, and are reportedly close to a deal for Caleb Okoli, 22.

Bobby De Cordova-Reid was reportedly a target for SaintsBobby De Cordova-Reid was reportedly a target for Saints (Image: PA)

Ipswich Town

Unlike Leicester, Ipswich were able to hold onto their much sought-after manager Kieran McKenna.

The Northern Irishman has signed a new four-year deal having been the subject of reported interest from Chelsea, Brighton and Manchester United.

McKenna's decision to stay at Portman Road is a major boost for the Tractor Boys ahead of their first Premier League season since 2001/02.

The club have acted quickly to keep star man Omari Hutchinson at the club following his successful loan last summer.

The Jamaican international has joined for a club-record fee, understood to be an initial £18m, signing a five-year deal.

Ipswich have also signed West Ham's Ben Johnson on a free transfer. The defender had been a reported target for Saints but has moved to Suffolk on a four-year deal.

As for further additions, McKenna's side are reportedly in the race to sign Hull City's Jaden Philogene, who has stated his desire to play in the Premier League. 

Fellow Hull City man Jacob Greaves is reportedly set for a medical at Ipswich after his stellar campaign in the Championship last year.

Ipswich Town have made an enquiry to Hull City about defender Jacob Greaves.Jacob Greaves has reportedly been given permission for a medical at Ipswich Town. (Image: PA)