South coast latest: United to beat Saints to Rojo; Brighton man on Poyet radar

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Manchester United outdo Saints in bid for Marcos Rojo

Ronald Koeman's efforts to rebuild his Southampton squad could be hit with a blow as it has been reported that United have made an offer for Sporting Lisbon defender Marcos Rojo.

The 24-year-old Argentine was one of the stars of the World Cup, which has seen him strongly linked with a number of English clubs, namely Southampton, who have already had a bid turned down.

But now Portuguese news outlet O Jogo is claiming to have exclusive information that United have big £16 million for the versatile defender.

Louis van Gaal's side are desperate for defensive cover and after losing out on Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen, they appear to have turned their attention to Rojo.

Rojo sparked rumours of a move to United just a few days ago when he began following a number on Manchester Untied players on Instagram.

Gus Poyet could swoop in on former player

Former Brighton manager is reportedly keen on bringing Will Buckley to Sunderland according to the Argus.

The Uruguayan manager signed Buckley from Watford for £1 million when he was in charge at Brighton in 2011, and the winger has made 107 appearances for the Seagulls since then.

He started Brighton's season opener against Sheffield Wednesday on the bench and new manager Sami Hyypia has done little to play down speculation linking Buckley with a move away.

When asked about Buckley's potential move to the Premier League he told The Argus: “He is still here and hopefully he will play. When we have something to inform we’ll inform.”

Cherries full-back flattered by Derby interest

Bournemouth just about managed to keep hold of full-back Simon Francis, despite strong interest from Derby County over the summer.

The Rams made two bids for the defender but both were swiftly rejected by the current Championship leaders, and Francis says that he was flattered to be linked with a club like Derby.

He told the Daily Echo: "It's always nice when a club comes in but there is not a lot more to it than that.

"Derby is a club close to my family and I have a lot of friends up that way. It was something I was aware of over the summer but the valuation was never met and it didn't get far at all.

"It was flattering that a club of their calibre showed an interest but I think that`s down to what we`re doing as a club, as a group of players and how the manager has got us playing."

Portsmouth boss up for cup run

Pompey face a difficult encounter in the first round of the Capital One Cup tonight at home to League One side Peterborough United.

The Blues have not found it easy in the tournament in recent seasons, falling at the first hurdle on the previous three occasions.

But now manager Andy Awford hopes he can eradicate that poor record by going on a cup run this season.

He told the club website: “It’ll be a really tough game for us. We’ll be massive underdogs and if we can get a result then we’ll be delighted.

“We’re ready for a fierce encounter – but it’s one that we’re looking forward to. If we play like we did in the second half at Exeter on Saturday then I’m confident we won’t have a problem.

“We haven’t had a cup run in a while, so it would be nice to change that and hopefully we can make use of our home advantage.

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