Southampton transfer window so far: Wanyama and Lovren quality young signings - one more needed?

Southampton Football Club

With one month left till the close of the transfer window we take a look at The Saints’ efforts in the market so far.

Players signed

So far Southampton have done well in the market - adding players in areas that they needed strengthening.

But they haven’t added any old rubbish. The new arrivals are both relatively young and extremely talented - as well as being in high demand this summer.

The club clearly needed to strengthen in the central defensive area this term, and the acquisition of Dejan Lovren from Lyon came as a shocking and excellent buy.

Victor Wanyama may have been a difficult pursuit, but in the end they got their man. What his acquisition means for their best player last season, Morgan Schneiderlin, remains to be seen - however it would be a surprise if Mauricio Pochettino did not accommodate both into his starting line-up, in some way shape or form.

Ones that got away and those to come

Southampton have earned a habit of getting the players they want recently, and so far this summer they have not lost out in many transfer dealings.

The big name being linked with coming to the club this summer is Brazilian international Leandro Damiao.

The striker is likely to cost around £22 million from Internacional - which may prove a stumbling block, despite healthy resources at St Marys.

One surprise has been the clubs desire not to bring in a new keeper - however it seems Artur Boruc impressed enough last season to install confidence in his Argentine manager.

The only transfer they may end up missing out on is a massive wad of cash from any Gareth Bale sale - after foregoing their sell-on clause in 2009.

Those who have left

Like many clubs Southampton have moved to clear some deadwood this summer. The likes of Steve de Ridder, Richard Chaplow and Frazer Richardson are among 10 names on the list of players to leave for free this summer.

Then there is Vegard Forren. Signed on the same day Pochettino became boss he has never played for The Saints. Earlier in the month he re-joined former club Molde.

In terms of those who could leave there has been talk regarding Rickie Lambert, Gaston Ramirez and Jose Fonte - but it does not seem any of them will be going anywhere.

Signing Luke Shaw to his professional contract was also a means to celebrate.

Grade so far: B

The Saints have made a couple of cute signings this summer, and done well to clear some of their Football League deadwood.

But they fall short of an A, but one more quality addition and Pochettino’s hopes of European qualification could be realised.

Good work.

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