Gossip Column: Saints Target Two Toby Replacements and Koeman Rules Out Departures

As we close in on the final week of the transfer window, Southampton have unfinished business. With a defence that fans have been labeling as a shadow of last years success, reinforcements are much needed. So, who may that be? and will Southampton face yet more departures?

Reports Have Jumped The Gun On Southampton’s Interest In Dutch International and Title Winning Centre Half (Sky Sports)

Celtic’s Virgil Van Dijk has been at the centre of much transfer speculation this window. So much so that is seems there is a twist in the tale on each new day. In the past 24 hours it had been reported that he would be making the switch to the South Coast this summer.

Contrary to reports however, Celtic released a statement saying…

“The story is absolute nonsense and Virgil will play on Tuesday (Champions League Qualifier Vs Malmo). We have no agreement with any club”.

Koeman has confirmed the club’s interest in the highly rated 24 year old; but with just eight days left in the market and a desperate defence, this transfer is further away than what many had hoped.

Saints Stars Are Staying Put (Southampton FC)

Last seasons surprise package Sadio Mane and the mighty Kenyan Victor Wanyama are set to spend another season at St Mary’s. After Manchester United snubbed Barcelona star Pedro, it was reported that they had turned their interest to Mane – who the red devils valued at £15M. Wanyama has also been thrown into reports of a reunion with Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Hotspur – the planned bid is reported to be £16M.  

After the 0-0 clash with Watford at Vicarage Road, Ronald Koeman ensured to make it clear that the pair are here to stay. The Dutchman said “Again, I say nobody is for sale.” “They are Southampton players. That goes for everyone. Not just Mane and Victor, everybody.”

Southampton Will Battle With The Canaries For Napoli Defender (Sky Sports)

Southampton have been tracking Kalidou Koulibaly in the event of missing out on their top target, Virgil Van Dijk. Newly promoted Norwich City are heating up the competition for the Frenchman’s signature, with Alex Neil refusing to rule out his interest in the player.

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