Hall diplomatic over deal

Last updated : 24 July 2004 By The Editor

To his credit Hall has remained diplomatic about the proposed move saying, "Obviously it always flattering to hear that sort of thing but unless told otherwise I am a Southampton player.

"I am concentrating on doing my best for the team and looking forward to the start of the season on August 14."

But stuck behind Lundekvam and Svensson for the foreseeable future makes the move to newly promoted Palace very tempting. Hall would link up again with Dowie, who was his boss at Oldham and who brought him to Southampton's attention.

Additionally, Saints would cash in on a £1.25 million profit after only a year on the player. So, it would seem as though the deal will probably go ahead.

However, Hall is a clear replacement for either Lundekvam or Svensson. He made eleven appearances for Saints last year, and is young and talented enough to be a regular centre half for the club in years to come.

Additionally, with Palace unlikely to last more than one season, Hall could see his career languish once again the lower leagues, looking to move on to get back into the Premiership.