South coast latest: Saints fail in Rojo bid, Brighton's move for Ward in doubt

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Sporting reject Southampton bid for Marcos Rojo

According to talkSPORT sources, Sporting Lisbon have rejected Southampton's £9.5 million offer for Argentina full-back Marcos Rojo.

Ronald Koeman sees the Sporting man as an ideal replacement for the recently departed Luke Shaw, who joined Manchester United.

The report claims that Southampton offered an unfavourable payment structure to Sporting for the player, which was the reason he offer was declined.

The 24-year-old is a versatile defender capable of playing both at left-back and centre back. He was one of the stars of Argentina's successful World Cup run that saw they reach the tournament's final.

Brighton deal for Stephen Ward in doubt

A permanent deal for Stephen Ward to join Brighton from Wolverhampton Wanderers appears to be in doubt, after Kenny Jacket claims that Brighton have made no contact over a move.

The Republic of Ireland international spent last season on loan at Brighton and had a relatively successful campaigning leading the Seagulls to a play-off finish. Many expected a permanent deal to be completed very soon as soon as the window opened.

But according to the Wolves boss nothing has happened: "Nothing has developed at all. He has been with us getting fit, getting match fit, which he needs to be for his next challenge.

“He is a good professional. He had a good year last year, playing regularly at left-back in a side who got in the play-offs.

“But we’re not close to anything and as far as I’m aware Brighton haven’t been in touch.”

Eddie Howe hopes record signing will come good

The Bournemouth manager hopes that £2.5 million signing, Tokelo Rantie, will come good this season after a disappointing first campaign with the club.

Rantie, a South African international, scored just three league goals in 20 appearances during his debut, which is a dismal return for a striker.

Howe has defended his frontman, claiming Rantie suffered 'on personal levels' with his move to England from Malmo FF.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "He's been away from his family, he's come into a new culture, a new way of playing, a totally new environment and new team-mates.

"I think we've seen a real improvement in his game since he's been here. I have really high hopes for him this season. I think the pressure's off him now he can enjoy his football, which is what we've always wanted.

"If we can see the best of him and he's happy off the pitch I think we have a real player on our hands."

Portsmouth complete Robinson loan

Pompey have today completed to one-month loan signing of Paul Robinson from Millwall.

The 32-year-old was transfer listed last season after making over 350 appearances for the Lions since 2002.

Pompey boss Andy Awford told the club's official website: "He's an experienced Championship centre-back - and that's an area where we're a bit light on numbers.

"I'm looking forward to working with Paul and we're grateful to Millwall for loaning him to us."

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