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Southampton: £5million-rated Spurs defender linked; French striker targeted as Pelle replacement


Southampton: £5million-rated Spurs defender linked; French striker targeted as Pelle replacement

Les Reed and the rest of the board at Southampton have been doing what they’ve managed to do for the last three consecutive summers.

Stay calm, whilst replacing players and managers exceptionally well with relatively cheap but talented purchases.

When Ronald Koeman left for Everton, Claude Puel came in to steady a potentially sinking ship.

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As Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama departed for Liverpool and Spurs respectively, Nathan Redmond and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg were brought in for very respectable prices.

The sale of Graziano Pelle to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng came as a bit of a shock but now Puel has reportedly chosen the man to replace the Italian.

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This supposed replacement comes in the form of Valere Germain who played under Puel at OGC Nice last season, whilst on loan from Monaco.

The Frenchman excelled under the new Saints manager last season, as he enjoyed his highest goals return in his career with 14 goals in 38 games but with Monaco welcoming back Radamel Falcao, the Germain is reportedly allowed to leave.

Germain built an exciting relationship on the pitch with former Newcastle and Hull City winger, Hatem Ben Arfa who has gone on to earn a move to French champions, Paris Saint-Germain.

At 26 years of age, Germain is at a fantastic age with many playing years ahead of him and for the right price, would be a good signing for the south coast club.

A worry for Saints fans is the injury concerns of both Charlie Austin and Jay Rodriguez.

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Both players, along with Shane Long have the talent to provide enough goals for the team next season but an injury-plagued season last term for Austin and Rodriguez may force Puel to act in the transfer market.

One thing however that should be considered is Puel’s known style of utilising young players and the many talented, young strikers such as Sam Gallagher at Southampton will be hoping to use preseason to prove that there is enough at the club already.

Meanwhile, the Daily Star are reporting that the Saints are plotting a £5million swoop for Tottenham Hotspur full-back, Kieran Trippier.

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The 25-year-old joined Spurs from Burnley last summer after the latter were relegated from the Premier League but has since played understudy to Kyle Walker.

There were reports earlier in the transfer window that Saints defender Cuco Martina would be the first to face the axe under Puel and so Euro 2016 champion, Cedric Soares would be the only known right-back.

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Trippier would provide fantastic competition for the Portuguese international, who at times last season looked dangerous going forward, but was occasionally caught out in defence.

In the summer of 2015, the Saints were understood to also be pursuing Trippier following the departure of Nathaniel Clyne but the Englishman opted to sign for Spurs.

Having made just a handful of appearances at White Hart Lane, the Saints should be confident of signing the defender and for £5million it would be a fantastic addition.

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