South coast latest: Wanyama expects tough season; Brighton sign ex-Chelsea pair

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Southampton in for tough season after fire sale, says Wanyama

The Kenyan midfielder believes that the Saints could struggle this season after selling five of their keys players to other Premier League sides.

Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Luke Shaw and Callum Chambers have all left St Mary's this summer transfer window.

Despite adding Eredivisie duo Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pelle, Victor Wanyama still feels it will take time for the team to gel this season.

He told "It is going to be tough because we have a lot of new players coming in and we have to gel well and I strongly believe this will need some time.

“It will not be easy as a club but we will need to work hard as a team and see how far we can go with our new signings.

"I think everything is in place (for a good season), it is normal in football because players come and go and our aim is to start the season on a sound note come August 16.

“We need to show that we are still a strong team like we were last season when we finished eighth in the league.”

Former Chelsea duo join Brighton

The Seagulls have snapped up Danny Pappoe and George Cole on one-year contracts after they left Chelsea earlier this summer.

Pappoe, 20, plays in defence and Cole, 19, is an attacking midfielder. Both players came through Chelsea's academy, and they will go into Brighton's under-21 squad next season.

Under-21 coach, Simon Ireland told Brighton's official website: "Trial periods are always high pressure for a player because you are on a limited timescale to show what you can do, but both Danny and George have slipped seamlessly into the group and that has paid dividends on and off the pitch.

“We don’t just sign these players on what they do during their trial though, we have looked at both before they came here and we have also looked at what they can offer going forward, and we are very pleased to add them into our squad.

“Both have good experience having played at a club of Chelsea’s stature and we feel they will help us be competitive and provide some stability during our first season as a category one side."

Coventry loan Bournemouth striker

The loan signing of Bournemouth striker Josh McQuoid is Coventry City's 10th signing so far this transfer window, as Steven Pressley looks to rebuild the League One side.

McQuoid's loan will last for half of the season, and he joins up with ex-Cherries players Ryan Allsop and Mohamed Coulibaly at Coventry.

The forward came through the ranks at Bournemouth, but left for Millwall in 2011 and then returned in 2012. He doesn't have the best scoring record for a striker though with 21 goals in 169 career matches.

Pressley told BBC Sport: "Josh McQuoid has been a target for us throughout the summer.

"He is a proven League One striker who knows what it takes to be successful at this level and also has Championship experience.

"He will give us another striking option. He is at a perfect age who very much suits the footballing philosophy at this football club and I'm sure he'll have a positive impact."

Portsmouth forward could miss season opener

A hamstring injury is looking like keeping Patrick Agyemang out of Pompey's opening League Two game against Exeter City.

The powerful striker picked up the injury in training and missed the 2-1 friendly defeat to Charlton as a result. Pompey are yet to discover the extent of the 33-year-old's injury.

Blues boss Andy Awford told Portsmouth News: "Pat’s pulled up with his hamstring on Friday in an 11 v 11. It was in preparation for Saturday’s game and I was working with the 11 who started.

"Pat wasn’t in that, he was in the other team, but he chased a ball over the top and pulled up with his hamstring.

"We can’t assess it yet, so we will wait to do that. 

"Taylor (groin) and Holmes (thigh) both missed Saturday’s match, but the pair should hopefully be ready to make their return against Exeter."

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