Southampton Likely To Beat Newcastle To Top Transfer Target


Southampton seem to be willing to sell one or two of their top players every summer to keep the money flowing into the south coast club.

And the latest player who will be sold this summer will be former Celtic center-back Virgil van Dijk who they bought for £13M on a five year contract two years ago from the Scottish giants.

Virgil was also a transfer target for Newcastle back then – it’ s a pity we didn’t sign him.

23 year-old Ruben Semedo of Sporting

His value has soared since then with some of the big clubs willing to offer a massive fee for the 25 year-old 12 times capped Dutch International, after some commanding displays for the Saints in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are three of the club willing to pay the big bucks (reports are the fee will be over £50M) for the defender, so the Saints are unlikely to be short of transfer funds this summer.

And according to Portuguese newspaper Record, Southampton are expected to offer €20m (£17.4M) for Newcastle target Ruben Semedo, which is the Sporting Lisbon asking price for their 23 year-old talented center-back.

That will be a bigger bid than Newcastle have made which is reported by the Record as being just €12m plus €3m in bonuses – €15M.

Semedo has a €45M release clause in his contract, but Sporting are asking less than half of that as a realistic fee for their player.

Apparently the Saints have been watching Semedo since their former manager Ronald Koeman was at the club between 2014 and 2016.

It will be interesting to see if Rafa rates Semedo and therefore  go back in with a bigger offer, if Saints do indeed bid €20M for him.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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42 comments so far

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know much about the player to judge but I guess Rafa knows what he’s doing.

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  • WWSBRD

    May 31, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #2

    Southampton won’t bid until they sell their lad for 40 mill plus and no one wants to pay 40 mill plus. Sporting supposedly want their sales done quickly to rebuild….Portuguese papers just as good as the rest

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 31, 2017 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    You learn something everyday!

    9TH JUNE -START OF WINDOW. I was a bit scepticle of this date and always thought it was the 1st of July.
    OT explained it earlier with players out of contract – and the official registration date of 1st July.
    Checking this further on the PL site (dated 30.1.17 —- so current) it explains (although not fully) the window.
    Extract as follows:-
    “What are the exact dates of the transfer windows? Why those dates?
    The summer window officially runs from 9 June-31 August. The winter window commonly starts from 1 January to the end of the month.

    The summer date was adopted because it mirrored the UEFA deadline for registration of players for its competitions.”

    Link to article:-

    https://www.premierleague.com/news/60258

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  • posada

    May 31, 2017 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #4

    I would doubt that Hanley is on 45K a week.
    Golden rule in football or anything else for that matter you never take a pay cut. Your contract comes before first team football, international football, everything.
    Can’t blame players for that. Still a game where nobody wants to know you if you pick up a bad injury.
    I thought Rafa was quite clever last summer. Could not sign Prem players and put them on massive money. Had to bring in players who were good enough to get us promoted but who could be moved on when we were if that makes sense.
    The wages he put them on will have been part of that.

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    Tuff – thanks for that – now we know where 9 June date comes from.. However the article seems to imply this June date is for all transfers, at least in Europe, whereas the Sky article says it is for English transfers – so I’m still not completely sure?

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  • sing in the corner

    May 31, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #6

    I hope / expect Rafa has a long shopping list of options.
    Be realistic. We are going to have to look well down that list, and in all likelihood will be picking up other clubs’ cast offs while refresh their squads with the top / up and coming targets we dream about.
    Potential targets will probably see us as a club in turmoil for years, we are just a promoted team that needs to get a foothold in the league.
    There are a good few well-off clubs in the Prem and across Europe that are gonna blow us out of the water fee and wages wise once the market gets moving.

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  • Mister Tuff

    May 31, 2017 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #7

    martoon – I think it was last year I started reading up on the UEFA Regs for the windows – was totally confused so ditched the attempt.

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Tuff – It is interesting how the majority of articles (even ones that are supposed to be explaining the transfer window) use the 1 July date. It is only with a lot of digging that you find this 9 June date. Anyway I think we’ve just abut exhausted this subject now – we’ll see what happens on 9 June!

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    sing in the corner @6 – It is true what you say to a certain extent and we are at a financial disadvantage to teams that remained in the Premiership and got the big pay-outs this season. However we do have the pulling power of SJP and our fans and of course Rafa. Hopefully we can unearth some unknown gems like Leicester did with Vardy and Mahrez for example.

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  • sing in the corner

    May 31, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #10

    Unknown gems, yeah that’s what I meant. Rafa is capable of a few of those I hope.
    But the stellar names being touted about or ‘linked’ to us….mostly fantasy. when clubs start talking about 40-50million price tags that’s out of our solar system, at least for the time being. People need to understand that.

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  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    May 31, 2017 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #11

    Just read in the Chronicle that NUFC might be having a pre season friendly with an Italian team. I would like to think it would be Atlanta from Bergamo who finished forth in the Italian league this year. They are if I can recollect the city (Bergamo) who are twinned with Newcastle, it would be a good game. Failing that NUFC please consider a tour of South Africa, lots of expat Geordies out here ya na………..

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  • lochinvar

    May 31, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    Scoop@11 here you are, looks like Bergen not Bergamo,

    In Europe: Bergen (Norway), Gelsenkirchen (Germany), Groningen (the Netherlands), Nancy (France) and Malmo (Sweden).
    In the rest of the world: Atlanta and Little Rock (United States), Haifa (Israel), Newcastle NSW (Australia) and Taiyuan and Zhengzhou (China).

    Sunderland are twinned with a burger van parked off the A19

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #13

    sing in the corner @10 – I see what you mean and I agree with you. It is hard to see us willing to pay more than about £20m for one player and certainly not for a defender!.

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  • AncientC

    May 31, 2017 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #14

    ScoopSouthAfrica, Atalanta would be a great friendly fixture. Devastating side when they are in full flow. It would be a strong test to get ready for the PL.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #15

    Very quiet on the transfer front. Been logging on all day in hope of being unexpectedly surprised that we are on the verge of signing someone special that can improve the team. Nothing is happening from what I gather. Why can’t we agree on deals now and when the window opens they officially go through as is the case with Atsu. We seem static at the moment.

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 31, 2017 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #16

    JP
    The window hasn’t opened yet, the leagues have barely been finished a week, and the players are on their jollies.

    I don’t think we’ll see any movement fora good couple of weeks

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    This waiting is killing me! lol I am too excited to see who Rafa brings to stay calm waiting. Mind you I am not expecting big name players but ones in the mould of Ryad Boudebouz and such are well within our reach and would be very exciting signings. Can’t wait! arrrgghhhh..

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  • SPRINGY

    May 31, 2017 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #18

    J.p
    I guess like me, patients is not one of ya strong points when it comes to the transfer windows! Lol

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  • The Newcastle Armchair

    May 31, 2017 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #19

    I’m with you on that JP..

    Its the suspense that’s killing me.. Are we gonna end up with Carvalho? Are we gonna end up with Sam Clucas?

    Or is it gonna be another window of Wes Morgans?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #20

    lol of the signings mentioned, Boudebouz, Cairney, Townsend, Andre Gray, Sandro Ramirez and Acquah will be really good plausible signings for us. They would vastly improve on what we have and make us a more exciting and creative force for the season ahead. Would love it if we signed all of them…and the sooner the better lol

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  • beermonkey

    May 31, 2017 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #21

    England U20 vs Costa Rica U20

    i see woodman is playing and arma on the bench

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #22

    beermonkey where is it being shown?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #24

    ok mate no worries

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  • hibbit

    May 31, 2017 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #25

    JP…from The Rock

    it’s on British Eurosport.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #26

    thanks hibbit

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #27

    Difficult to find updates on this so I looked on the FiFA website. It has text coverage and I see we are winning 2 – 0. The text is classic with updates such as: “England try a shot on goal, but it is off-target” & “The goalkeeper of Costa Rica pulls off a save”. Hardly a lot of detail but the best one is the second goal – there is a text comment at 59 & 64 minutes but no mention of the goal at 63 minutes! Anyway Arma has come on after 71 minutes (at least they got his name right).

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  • nut meg

    May 31, 2017 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #28

    England u 20s win 2-1

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  • expatmag

    May 31, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #29

    Final score….2-1

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  • JP...from The Rock

    May 31, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #30

    How did Arma do? Did he play?

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  • Ben Afri

    May 31, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #31

    These prices are becoming ridiculously inflated! I honestly can’t see any advantage one club has over another with the TV deals. Any club within the premier league or on the continent will be raising their asking prices now.

    Even Continental clubs are now taking advantage of the “surplus” cash injections the English clubs now have.

    40 million for a centre back? Ridiculous!

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  • martoon

    May 31, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #32

    So that puts us in the quarter final – I think against the winner of Mexico v Senegal?

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  • Shot Bru

    May 31, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Woodman has good distribution. He saved the pen initially but the striker scored the rebound. Otherwise didn’t have much to do.
    Arma isn’t EPL class, watched him a few times and misses too many chances.
    Solanke, not sure what all the fuss is about.
    Lookman was the best player tonight for the English.
    Uruguay who played earlier are full of quality, especially Bentacur who has apparently signed for Juve, and one of their CB’s was excellent too.

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  • Toonces

    May 31, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #34

    Don’t really get the worry behind saying Southampton will beat us to signing a player. Leaving it just to money, yes Southampton could sell Van Dijk to raise good funds. But there is more to it than that and would a player want to play for Puel or if they sack him, who will be next? There is uncertainty going into their new season. We have Rafa and he is the manager with a pedigree. The players looking at coming to the PL see this. We will be able to compete within this tier for key players and we should have the money to get our key targets. I think Rafa can sell some of these players on his project and remove the concern a player might have about the Toon being relegation contenders. Can hope anyway! HWTL!

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  • Toonces

    May 31, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #35

    And by tier i mean in the west ham, Southampton, everton, stoke level for the coming season.

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  • Shot Bru

    May 31, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #36

    Zambia just knocked out the Germans 4-3

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  • Tsunki

    May 31, 2017 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Shot Bru – “Arma isn’t EPL class, watched him a few times and misses too many chances”

    Oh dear. I hear a blood vessel about to burst roughly an hour away from Leeds 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    May 31, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Thing is if Rafa gets one decent name in through the door it will be a signal that the project is live and that the club means business, which will make it easier to get more decent bodies in.

    However the fear is always lurking that foot dragging and bean counting could stifle this from the off.

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  • Ron Knee

    May 31, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #39

    According to the Chronicle:-

    “Newcastle United are likely to clear the decks this summer and part company with Vurnon Anita AND Yoan Gouffran.

    “The duo are believed to have told team-mates they expect to leave and are now looking for pastures new with Newcastle set to replace both players in the coming weeks.”

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  • Toonces

    May 31, 2017 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #40

    Tsunki @ 38 – good point. Would love to see a class signing as a real statement of intent from the club.

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