Transfer window hinges on key departures

Last updated : 16 January 2009 By Chris C
So far it has been a positive transfer window for Saints.

Saganowski has returned and been played restricting the possibility of a move abroad. Smith has signed permanently, Saints have finally signed an imposing centre back in Saeijs and that rarest of things an actual full back in Lee Molyneux.

There is even better news from Italy that current Norwich loanee and one time Arsenal youngster striker Arturo Lupoli is set to sign on loan from Fiorentina. Saints have struggled for goals all season and Lupoli is comfortable at attacking midfield or up front and would fit well into Saints' formation.

At 5 foot 8 he's not the big target man we lack, but he is quick, skillful and still improving in front of goal and would be a valuable addition to the squad.

The Man Utd revenue certainly helped, but Rupert Lowe stated that this would not been enough in itself to avoid player sales, so why are the club yet to offload any players despite bringing yet more players in?

The answer has been brought into sharper focus by comments from two of the remaining high earners, Rudi Skacel and now Jason Euell. Skacel expressed his desire to move and certainly the club will not stand in his way.

Jason Euell is once again frozen out as the club try to pressurise him into a move, much to the player's frustration:

"With the transfer window now open, I find myself in exactly the same situation as I did in August - frozen out of the team, then left out of the squad entirely for last Saturday's game at Barnsley, in the hope that I will be sold off to ease Southampton's financial problems.
It's such a frustrating situation that I find myself in; one minute I'm featuring in the side, then all of a sudden January comes around and I'm no longer wanted again."

He was understandably horrified to see his wages leaked to the press in one of the less honourable moves of late. It's hardly his fault that the club offered him such inflated wages and he is keen to play his part in helping the club survive.

However, it is clear that the club want to move Skacel and Euell on and the savings on their combined wages, plus ideally a transfer fee would go a long way to keeping the crown jewels at the club.

Our understanding of the situation is that the club have received offers for Lallana and Surman which do not meet the club's valuations of those players, particularly with the club keen to keep them.

If a club offers big money then the club will be helpless to prevent them leaving being still at the mercy of the bank, but as it stands if Saints can offload at least one of the big earners then they can turn down the current offers for their two star players.

It could be a nervy couple of weeks for fans as the permutations are played out.