South coast latest: Southampton snap up youngster, Hyypia wants new recruits

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Southampton snap up Torquay United youngster

The Saints have signed promising 15-year-old goalkeeper Neal Osborn from Conference Premier side Torquay.

Torquay have suffered financial problems since their relegation out of the Football League last season, and were happy with the 'significant sum' that Southampton paid them for the teenager.

Although the fee hasn't been disclosed, speculation on Twitter suggests the initial payment could be around the £40,000, with add-ons that could increase the fee to £1.3 million.

Torquay youth boss Geoff Harrop told the BBC: "This deal represents a five-figure sum for the club, and with add-ons for the future.

"I am so pleased we have been able to play our part in helping a local lad to ply his trade in the Premier League."

Brighton boss hoping for new signings soon

Seagulls manager Sami Hyypia hopes to bring in a number of new players before the start of the Championship season.

Chris O’Grady, Nzuzi Toko and Aaron Hughes have already been added to Brighton's ranks, but the club are without a top-goalscorer after the departure of Leo Ulloa to Premier League new boys Leicester City.

Hyypia is hoping the £8 million brought in form the Ulloa deal can go towards finding a replacement and strengthening the side in other areas.

He told The Argus: “Hopefully we’ll get a few additions before the season starts. Time is running out a little bit but we are working hard to get the players in and when it happens is not only up to me.

“The chairman and David Burke are working hard to recruit new faces and hopefully we’ll get them in soon. Of course we are waiting to get a few more players in the squad.

“It was not good when we lost Leo. I would have liked to have kept him here scoring goals for us but, when a player wants to go, it’s a very difficult situation for all of us. Now it has been resolved and now we need to find a replacement for him.”

New Plymouth signing determined to repay manager’s faith

Plymouth's 21-year-old new signing, Oliver Norburn, says he is determined to repay the faith that manager John Sheridan has shown in him.

The young midfielder was released by Bristol Rovers in April and has been trialling with The Pilgrims since then.

Plymouth's eighth summer signing told BBC Radio Devon: "I believe in my ability so I came down here and gave it everything.

"I've signed now and I'm going to give 110% week in, week out and repay the gaffer for showing faith in me."

Portsmouth boss knows starting 11 for opening day

Just over two-weeks away from the start of the League Two season and Pompey boss Andy Awford claims he already knows his starting line-up for the season opener away at Exeter.

The Blues' eight new signings will give them a fresh look as they look to challenge for promotion in their second season in the fourth tier of English football.

Awford told the Portsmouth News: "I’ve got an idea of the team in my head but obviously you get your niggles and bumps, as we saw on Tuesday night. If we were playing Exeter tomorrow, I know what my team would be, definitely.

"What I would say is although they are all fighting for the shirt against Exeter, I might need a different team against Peterborough to beat them. I am not one to make too many changes.

"Once I have got my team and they are winning then I don’t tend to change it too much."

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