Rumour Mill - Asta, Soo, Song
By Christian Kelly
Updated Tuesday, 23rd July 2002
A rumour flurry with our Korean transfer not happening only to be replaced with the possibility of signing an Italian international.
Torino captain Antonio Asta has said that if he can't get a deal in Italy then he's coming to Southampton. Whether or not the Saints have actually been in contact with him, I've no idea. However, he seems pretty confident about it.
With the finances of many Italian clubs in turmoil, Asta reckons that Saints have offered him the best deal, which is pretty hard to believe. Still, he has said that there has been contact form Chievo and Inter.
Asta has said: "Southampton have offered me a good contract and, if I don't get an interesting offer from some Italian team then I will play in the Premiership next year."
Lee Chun Soo & Song Chun Gug
Soo and his Korean colleague Song Chun Gug have not made the trip to Korea. With the manager keen to try before he buys, this will have delayed any move.
Further complicating matters is the revised stance from Ulsan Hyundai. The club say that "It is not a transfer, so we do not want to send him there. When Hyundai received the fax inviting Chun-soo to train with Southampton, they said they weren't interested because it didn't mention a transfer. Then they got the fax saying that Southampton were interested in a transfer, but they weren't happy because it didn't mention the contract details."
Soo has also had a change of mind on the whole thing saying: "Honestly, I was moved by the support of my fans. They really don't want me to go. "Initially I wanted to leave, but then I got more attached to the fans. I will now only concentrate on playing my best for Ulsan."
Having had to watch all of the nonsense surrounding the Delgado situation, I can only sigh with relief that this has now fallen through. Strachan however, is still apparently keen to table a £600 000 bid for Soo.