South coast latest: Saints eyeing new keeper, Brighton chase Baldock

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Today's south coast latest features news from Southampton, Brighton and Hove Albion, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth.

Southampton turning to Forster if Marshall move fails

According to the Daily Mail, Southampton could turn to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster if their £8 million bid for Cardiff City's David Marshall is rejected.

The Saints are fairly flush at the moment with the sales of Luke Shaw and Adam Lallana racking in £50m alone.

And if a deal for Marshall fails to materialise, then Southampton could look to Celtic keeper Fraser Forster as an alternative option.

They have reportedly enquired about how much it would take for the Scottish champions to part with the England keeper.

Transfermarkt values Forster at £3.96m, but with the inflated price of English players, it's going to cost considerably more than that to even tempt Celtic into selling their number one.

However, Southampton and Celtic have done business before - they signed Victor Wanyama last for £12.5m last season. So such a relationship could smoothen out any talks.

Bristol City reject Brighton bid for Sam Baldock

The Argus are reporting that Brighton & Hove Albion have had an undisclosed bid for Bristol City striker Sam Baldock rejected.

Brighton are short of options upfront with only Craig Mackail-Smith and Leo Ulloa, who reportedly wants out, at the disposal of new boss Sami Hyypia.

Baldock was influential for City last season and finished the season as League One's joint-top scorer with 24 goals.

Unfortunately for Brighton, it seems that City would be capable of resisting any sizeable offer thanks to their multi-millionaire owner Steve Lansdown.

Baldock is also said to be happy at the Ashton Gate Stadium, especially since the Robins have just recently signed his good friend Aaron Wilbraham.

Plymouth boss explains Luke Young departure

Plymouth manager John Sheridan has explained to the Plymouth Herald why popular young midfielder Luke Young was allowed to leave the club in early May.

He said: “Youngy had played a lot of games for a young lad but he had played them in a struggling side.

“I’m not sure whether he was getting any help from anyone, or from people telling him what he should be doing and what his strengths were, I don’t know.

“That was something I was trying to get out of Youngy. I’ve got to look at what’s going to get us out of this division. And I think it will do Youngy good to move away and grow up a little bit, as he’s a lovely lad, probably too nice.”

Luke Young has since gone on to sign for Conference Premier side Torquay United on a two-year deal.

Pompey sign Alex Wynter on loan

Portsmouth have confirmed the season-long loan signing of Crystal Palace defender Alex Wynter.

The 20-year-old spent two months at the end of last season on loan at Colchester United and made six League One appearances for them.

Wynter will offer Pompey good cover and versatility in defence, as he is capable of playing at either right-back or centre-half.

Pompey boss Andy Awford told the club's official website: “Alex is a very welcome addition to the squad and provides versatility because he can play in a few different positions.

“He’s very athletic and will complement the defenders we’ve already got in our squad.

“We’re very grateful to Crystal Palace for loaning him to us for the forthcoming season.”

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