South coast latest: Saints in Pelle bid, Pompey sign 8 scholars

Today's south coast latests brings you news from Southampton, Bournemouth, Brighton and Portsmouth.

Southampton table bid for Graziano Pelle

Sky Sports News is reporting that Southampton have made an official bid for Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle.

The value of the bid is unknown at this time but it is understood to be less that the £9.5 million that he is valued at by the Dutch club. Also with Southampton’s recent windfall of cash being common news, it is expected that Feyenoord will hold out for their valuation.

With Ricky Lambert sale to Liverpool, Southampton will be looking for Pelle to lead their line instead next season. New Saints' boss Ronald Koeman knows Pelle well having managed him last season at Feyenoord.

The Italian striker has a phenomenal goal scoring record for Feyenoord bagging 55-goals in 66 appearances in all competitions. He has also set the record for the most goals scored by an Italian outside of the Serie A.

Tottenham could make Brighton's stadium temporary home

According to the London Evening Standard Tottenham Hotspur have named The Amex Stadium as a potential temporary ground for when they begin constructing their new stadium during the 2016/17 season.

Unable to remain at White Hart Lane when the construction begins, the Standard is reporting that as well as The Amex, Spurs are also considering Portman Road of Ipswich Town as a possible destination.

No decision has yet been made and if possible it's understood that Spurs would rather play at Wembley anyway. However that would incur quite a heavy cost, which isn't something the club would want with the cost of their new ground estimated to be around £400 million.

Bournemouth received no bids for Steve Cook

Bournemouth manager Steve Cook has denied claims that the club ever received any offers for in-demand defender Steve Cook.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "I thought he was excellent for us last year, considering the age that he is and the progress he has made in a relatively short period of time, I think he deserves this contract and it settles down any speculation that he's part of our long-term plans.

"We had no bids for Cookie but you can see the potential in him and as a footballing centre-half there are few better than him in this division."

The 23-year-old lay all speculation to rest when he penned a new three-year-deal with the Cherries yesterday.

The centre-half was however drawing attention from a number of Bournemouth's Championship rivals including Wolverhampton Wanderers, who according tot the Express & Star were ready to make a £2 million move.

Portsmouth sign 8 new scholars including brother of Arsenal winger

Pompey have just announced they have signed 8 new young scholars including the younger brother of Arsenal and England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Christian Oxlade-Chamberlain along with Alex Bass, Calvin Davies, Kaleem Haitham, Brandon Joseph-Buadi, Adam May, Liam Sayers and Dory Yates have all signed 2-year contracts with the Blues academy.

The younger Ox operates in centre-midfield unlike his brother and father, although some believe the Arsenal star will convert to a more central player at some point.

Pompey's academy manager Mark Kelly told the club website: “It’s a proud day for all of the boys and their families. They’ve worked extremely hard to get to this point and deserve a pat on the back for that.

“But the hard work now begins again because there are a lot of challenges ahead for them in this job. They’ll all now be working towards earning a professional contract and we hope they can achieve that.”

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