Rumour Mill - Beattie, Baird, Crainey, Hall & Delap.

Last updated : 26 July 2004 By The Editor

Chris BairdOutIpswich TownLoan

Rumoured to be Joe Royle's target Premiership defender, after being lef tout of Saints

pre season tour. Saints aren’t looking to send Baird out on loan and Baird isn’t looking for

another loan deal.Royle has said "We have made no approach for Baird."

Stephen CraineyOutIpswich TownLoan

Joe Royle has said that he's looking to bring in a young Premiership player on loan for

next season. Chris Baird was also rumoured to be a target, but this has been denied by Royle.


Mido's agent Christophe Henrotay said: "It's now up to Mido to decide. Some of the clubs

we've been speaking with are away on pre-season tours and he needs to talk with the

managers. Hopefully it will be sorted this week."

Fitz HallOutCrystal Palace£1.5 million

Rupert Lowe is due in Sweden to discuss the Palace bid with both the player and manager

Paul Sturrock. Lowe is obviously keen on making a hefty profit on the player, so this one

is likely to go through.

James BeattieOutCharlton £7 million

Chairman Rupert Lowe said: "We don't want to sell Beattie and we are a bigger club than

Charlton so it would not make any sense.

"I think Beattie's agent has been busy but he is a Southampton player and we want it to

stay that way. He has done well for us and and we have done well for him."

Jo TessemOutLynUnknown

Saints are still looking to offload their fringe utilty player.

Paul Sturrock said: "Jo Tessem is in a situation that in the last few years he has played

very little football," Sturrock told The Daily Echo.

"Jo and I have had a conversation about it.

"It is important at his age that he plays in someone's first team.

Rory DelapOutWest Bromunknown

Paper talk has linked record Saints signing Delap with a move to the Baggies. Saints are

bound to want a decent fee for Delap so I can't see this one happening.

Sturrock seems quite keen on using Delap at the moment as well making it even more unlikely.