South coast latest: Saints consider Rodwell, Bournemouth to sign ex-Leeds winger

Today's south coast latest bring you news from Southampton, Bournemouth, Brighton & Hove Albion and Portsmouth.

Manchester City outcast attracting interest from Southampton

Southampton are reportedly eyeing up Man City midfielder Jack Rodwell as a possible replacement for wantaway Frenchman Morgan Schneiderlin, according to ClubCall.

The Saints would be willing to offer Rodwell an escape after two hellish years with the Premier League champions.

23-year-old Rodwell has seen his professional career flatline since his £12 million transfer to the northwest from Everton in August 2012.

Hampered by constant injuries and competition for position, Rodwell has only made 25 appearances for City in the past two seasons.

Having recently signing Brazilian midfielder Fernando, it's understood that Manuel Pellegrini is happy to let the out of favour Rodwell leave the Etihad.

Southampton will face huge competition for the Englishman as Sky Sports are claiming that half of the 20 clubs in the Premier League, as well as clubs from Europe are ready to make a move.

Bournemouth reportedly close to signing former Leeds United winger

According to Sky Sports Pete O’Rourke Bournemouth are close to completing a deal for ex-Leeds man Max Gradel.

The 26-year-old wide midfielder is currently plying his trade in France for Ligue 1 outfit St Etienne. He actually had a short loan stint at Bournemouth in 2007, in which he featured 34 times and scored 9 goals.

Brighton reject fourth Leo Ulloa bid

Last season's Championship winners Leicester City have had an offer in excess of £6 million rejected according to the Leicester Mercury.

It is the fourth bid that the Seagulls have rejected from Leicester for their 27-year-old Argentine forward.

Brighton are said to want a figure closer to £10 million pounds for the man who scored 7 in 16 appearances last season.

Miles Storey: Pompey was the only place I wanted to go

New Pompey loan signing Miles Storey has told BBC Solent that upon hearing of the club's interest, Portsmouth was the only place he wanted to play his football.

The 20-year-old loanee from Swindon said: "As soon as I got the call from my agent saying Pompey were interested there was no other place I wanted to go.

"It's a massive club and the chance to come and play my football here, there is no club where I could have done any better."

Storey will now be joining up with his new teammates as they prepare for another season of trying to escape from League Two. The youngster also went on to add that he cannot wait to make his Fratton Park debut.

"I've never played here but some of my friends have and they say the atmosphere is unbelievable.

"I'm looking forward to it, it's a season-long loan that lets me settle in, it's a completely different challenge."

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