South coast latest: Rojo coy on Saints link, Brighton to loan Liverpool star

Marcos Rojo - Portugal Vs Argentina, 9th February 2011

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Rojo refusing to speculate on Saints interest

Marcos Rojo is not being drawn into speculation surrounding his future at Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. The 24-year-old was one of the stars of Argentina's World Cup campaign and has been courted by a number of clubs, namely Southampton.

The Saints have already had an offer declined for the versatile left-back, after a summer of big name departures at St Mary's stadium.

Ronald Koeman has a big rebuilding job to do at the southern side and with the Premier League kicking off next weekend and the transfer window coming to a close, his time is running out to do so.

Signing Rojo would be a huge coup for Southampton as the Argentinian has more recently been linked with Manchester United, after he went on a spree of following a number of Manchester United players on Instagram.

But the Sporting man has refused to join the debate surrounding his future and told O Rojo: “Have I played my last game for Sporting? I don’t know.

“The thing I want to think about the least at the moment is whether I will stay or go."

Brighton close to loaning Liverpool youngster

According to the Daily Star, Brighton are on the verge of signing Jack Robinson on a season-long loan deal from last season's Premier League runners-up Liverpool. Robinson, aged 20, plays as a left-back and was hoping to get a chance at Liverpool this season after spending the last year on loan at Blackpool.

He featured 36 times for the Tangerines and helped them to just about survive relegation from the Championship.

The youngster was involved in Liverpool pre-season tour of USA, but manager Brendan Rodgers is thought to be open to the idea of Robinson moving out on loan again this campaign.

Eddie Howe has belief in Bournemouth strike force

Bournemouth had a fantastic opening day of the Championship season this weekend beating Huddersfield Town 4-0. Now boss Eddie Howe has given his strike force another boost claiming he has faith that they will be able to fill the void left by Lewis Grabban.

New signing Callum Wilson scored a brace, whilst his partner in attack Yann Kermorgant also opened his account with a goal.

Howe told the Daily Echo: "Lewis was a big player for us last season, there`s no denying that, and we were disappointed to lose him but we have good strikers.

"Yann arrived in January and made a real impact on the team and, having signed Callum in the summer, we believe in him and he showed he has attributes to play at this level in what was a really good start for him.

"He was excellent and deserved his hat-trick. The penalty was disappointing for him but that was the only negative thing because his strength and ability to unsettle defenders really stood out for me."

Portsmouth smash academy fan funding goal

Supporters of League Two side Pompey have smashed through the £250,000 fundraising goal to build two new pitches for the club's academy.

Pompey broke through the £250k barrier on Friday night, and donations have continued to flood in over the weekend with the total on Sunday night at £264,990.

Colin Farmery, the project's manager told the club website: “It has been an extraordinary effort by everyone involved.

“The campaign devised by Tifosy has been textbook and everyone at the club has been blown away by how well it has worked. Our fans have risen magnificently to the challenge and, I believe, enjoyed the experience.

“Not only has it shown the power of fanfunding – a lot of people giving a relatively small amount to create something big – but also it has been a fantastic way to engage with our fans.”

“We are working on having a final event to celebrate the success of the campaign, with a special guest coming along.

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