South coast latest: Ulloa joins Leicester, Saints linked to Rojo

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

Ulloa moves to Leicester City in record breaking transfer

Brighton have reluctantly sold star striker Leo Ulloa to the Premier League side for a club record fee, reported to be in excess of £7 million.

The Argentinian, who turns 28 this weekend, has signed a four-year deal with The Foxes and could make his first outing for his new club when they face Everton in Thailand this Sunday.

The Premier League new boys have been trailing Ulloa for the majority of the summer and had three bids rejected before Brighton finally accepted the fourth.

Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson told the club's website: “We identified Leo as a player that could help us move forward quite some time ago."

"He complements the forwards we already have very well and his attributes broaden the options available to us, which will be important this season."

"I’m delighted we’ve been able to add him to the squad."

Ulloa scored 25 goals in 52 appearances for the Seagulls since his move from Almería in January 2013. His goals have helped Brighton reach the play-offs in the last two Championship seasons. 

Southampton targeting Marcos Rojo

According to Willian Joyce of, Southampton have stolen a march on the Premier League's big boys as they now lead the race to sign Argentinian ace, Marcos Rojo.

The Sporting Lisbon man impressed in Argentina's World Cup as they only conceded four goals during the whole of the tournament.

Goal's report claims the 24-year-old, who has two-year remaining on his contract in Portugal, could be available for a fee of around £12 million.

Rojo is somewhat of a utility as he plays naturally at left-back, but can also fill in at centre-back. These are both positions Ronald Koeman will desperate to reinforce after losing Luke Shaw to Manchester United, and Dejan Lovren's exit looking ever more likely.

Southampton could face touch competition though should Liverpool and Chelsea reignite their interest in the South American.

Bournemouth join chase for Monaco striker

The Daily Mail are reporting that the Cherries are one of four clubs chasing Monaco forward Gaetano Monachello.

Bolton, Sheffield Wednesday and Blackpool are all rivalling Bournemouth for the 20-year-old Italian, who is free to leave Monaco on a loan deal this summer, with the billionaire backed club willing to cover all his wages.

The youngster came through the youth ranks at Inter Milan but failed to make the grade in Italy. He has since played for FC Metalurh Donetsk and Olympiakos Nicosia before his move to Monaco in 2013.

But Monachello hasn't played a single minute for the French side, and after signing he was instantly shipped out to Belgian club Cercle Brugge. He struggled in Belgium, scoring only 1 goal in 14 appearances.

Portsmouth manager satisfied with squad for forthcoming season

Andy Awford has told the Portsmouth News that he is happy with the squad currently has at his disposal for the League Two season ahead.

He said: "We are not actively pursuing anyone. I don’t feel there is an immediate need to bring anyone else in. I’m quite happy to start the season with what we’ve got."

By retaining the instrumental players of last season and bringing in a few reinforcements on loan and permanent deals, Awford gives the squad the best possible chance of gelling before the start of the season.

The Pompey boss did add that should the need to sign another player arise then further additions could be possible.

"We are always looking because we have to have targets lined up. A lot of background research goes into it before we sign anyone."

"God forbid, if we get a few injuries or suspensions, we need to have targets lined up to make sure we are ready."

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