South coast latest: Cork talks up Koeman, Cherries closing in on Wilson

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Today's south coast latest features news from Southampton, Bournemouth and Portsmouth.

Jack Cork pleased with new Saints boss Ronald Koeman

There have been a lot of squad and staff changes at Southampton so far this summer, including three star players being sold and a new manager coming in.

But midfielder Jack Cork says that the players are all still excited for the new season and have taken to Dutch boss Ronald Koeman and his staff really well.

Clubcall has quoted Cork as saying: "He came in and introduced himself and all the players warmed to him immediately. We all came out of the meeting and said how excited we are and how fresh we feel for pre-season.

"Not only the manager but the staff he brought with him have all come and joined in straight away. All the lads have warmed to him.

"They all seem really good. They all know what they're talking about and hopefully they can help progress this club and take it forward in the way we want to keep going."

Bournemouth closing in on Coventry striker Callum Wilson

Bournemouth look to have fought off a host of Championship clubs for the signing of Callum Wilson, according to the Bournemouth Echo.

The Coventry City man, who bagged 22 league goals last season, is reported to have rejected Norwich City in favour of a move to the Dorset club. The 22-year-old striker is set to cost Bournemouth somewhere in the region of £3 million.

There are also rumours circulating that the Cherries could be in for another striker; free agent Ishmael Miller is said to be attracting the interest of Eddie Howe.

Miller became a free agent after departing Nottingham Forest last month, but his form last season while on loan at Yeovil Town was impressive. He scored 10 in 20 games for the Glovers but unfortunately could not stop them from being relegated back to League One.

Pompey hit £100k academy milestone

The campaign to build two new training pitches for Portsmouth's academy has already hit £100,000 worth of donations, with five more weeks to go before they have to raise the remaining £150,000.

Project manager Colin Farmery told the club's official website: “It’s incredible. What’s happened so far has been nothing short of extraordinary. £100,000. Wow.

“We’ve not only had Pompey fans contributing, but former players, fans from Walsall, Manchester United, Spurs, Wolves… the list just goes on and on.”

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