South Coast latest: Caulker to Saints, Brighton want return of Manchester United man

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

Southampton to rival QPR and Arsenal for Caulker

According to a report in The Daily Telegraph, Southampton could be about to make a late move for Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker.

The 22-year-old centre back is understood to be close to a move to Premier League new boys QPR, with boss Harry Redknapp enticing the English defender with the prospect of possibly playing alongside Rio Ferdinand.

However with no deal yet confirmed the Saints could yet make a late move for Caulker. With the future of wantaway defender Dejan Lovren hanging in the balance, Southampton will be desperate to bring in a replacement as soon as possible.

As Cardiff were relegated back down to the Championship last season, Caulker is available for as little as £8 million which is a steal for English player of his age and position.

Southampton would have to move quick time if they want to get a deal done, top four contenders Arsenal as well as QPR and Crystal Palace also want the young defender on their books.

Brighton keen on loaning Manchester United man again

Brighton are interested in reloaning young Manchester United star Jesse Lingard as reported in The Argus.

The Championship side could have a real chance too with the report claiming that Lingard's name has not been included in United's provisional team list for their tour of USA.

Which is quite odd considering how impressive Lingard was on United's tour of Asia and Australia last season.

The 21-year-old signed for the Seagulls on a 93-day loan at the end of February this year. He ended up making 17 appearances and scored for goals during his spell.

United legend Paul Scholes and England under-21 manager Gareth Southgate have very high expectation of the youngster, with Southgate claiming he will be a regular in the United first team in the future.

Plymouth goalkeeper backed as club captain

Luke McCormick has been backed by former team-mate Guy Branston as the ideal man to be the club's captain.

The decision to name the goalkeeper club captain has been seen as quite risky considering his past. McCormick spent just short of four years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving, and was only released in June 2012.

Branston who played with McCormick last season has come to the defence of his former team-mate and told the Western Morning News:

“Take away what he did – and served time for – and bring it back to the here and now, and he deserves the accolade of being club captain.

“I spoke to Luke in detail about what happened and about being in prison, and I think he is an asset to the football club.

“I obviously don’t agree with what he did as drinking and driving is disgusting, but he has served his time and is trying to move on with his life."

Portsmouth striker on the way out of Fratton Park?

According to Football League World Pompey's veteran forward David Connelly could be on his way out of Fratton Park after failing to make the squad for the club's first preseason friendly.

Pompey played their first friendly against local side Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday, a game that they won 4-0. A total of 26 different players featured but Connolly wasn't one of them.

There is also the fact that new boss Andy Awford looks keen to make his on mark on the squad that saw quite dramatic changes under Guy Whittingham and Richie Barker last season.

The 37-year-old forward was relieved of his coaching role and shipped out on loan to Oxford United when Richie Barker took the reigns last December.

Connolly is training with Pompey but with six striker vying for a place in the squad it seems unlikely the Irishman will have a place in the team.

With his age and past injury records, the forward, if released by Pompey, would be sensible to call time on his career that has seen him play for 12 different clubs.

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