Rumour Mill 1: Saints to Sinners
Let's start with the bad news. While the new board have stated that finances are not as bad as the previous execs may have suggested, it's clear we're still losing money and need investment. So who's going to be keeping the St Mary's coffers full?
The Columbian Carlton Palmer is loved by fans, but unfortunately Burley doesn't share our admiration for his all-action game. Frustrated by his passing ability and as one of our remaining saleable assets, the Columbian is wanted by Coventry, Sheffield United and formerly Derby. Oh dear.
With Rasiak spending more time on the bench than on the pitch, his £2m value could prove too tempting to miss out on. Burley remains a fan and is showing signs of integrating him back into the team, but if Saints fail to get any significant cash in, the Polish goal machine may be on his way.
It's easy to be cynical about today's footballers with statements about love for the club soon followed by a 'dream' move to the Premiership. You'd hope local boy Surman is different and at least unlike Nathan Dyer he is on a long term contract. We just have to hope that lack of pace keeps the Premiership vultures from making an offer Saints can't refuse and he grows into the Saints legend he is threatening to become.
A near certainity for a transfer window exit until his timely/untimely ankle injury ruled him out for the medium term, the much improved winger has been linked with everyone from Spurs to Pompey. With no need to move, Dyer may do the worst thing for Saints' finances and see out his contract, unless one of his suitors takes a gamble and gets in there first.
Guide to On the Cross ratings:
0/5 Men in white coats time
1/5 Some bloke down the pub
4/5 Official site
5/5 Holding up a shirt