South coast latest: Long in, Sharp out for Saints; Brighton accept Sunderland bid for winger

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Whilst Shane Long looks set to sign, Billy Sharp looks to be departing Southampton

It surprised everyone when it emerged last night that Southampton had an offer of £12 million accepted for Hull City striker Shane Long.

The Republic of Ireland international has only been at Hull for six months after signing in January from West Bromwich Albion for £7 million.

It is a rather expensive transfer considering Long only managed four goals in 15 appearances for his club last season. Ronald Koeman is reportedly keen on partnering Italian striker Graziano Pelle with someone who has proven Premier League pedigree.

With Jay Rodriguez still not fully fit it appears that Koeman wants Long to be that man for the time being.

With one striker looks set to sign another one looks to depart as Southampton have agreed to sell Billy Sharp to Leeds United for a fee in the region of £450,000.

Brighton accept Sunderland offer for Will Buckley

The Seagulls have accepted Sunderland's £2.5 million bid for winger Will Buckley, and he looks set to play under Black Cats manager Gus Poyet for the second time in his career.

Poyet bought Buckley from Watford for £1 million during his time in charge at Brighton in 2011. The 24-year-old has had three successful seasons on the south coast since his arrival; in 95 league matches he has scored 19 goals.

The Uruguayan manager is clearly a big fan of the wide player, if he thinks Buckley is ready to step up tot he top tier of English football.

What Sunderland fans won't be too happy to hear though is that Buckley allegedly supports their arch-rivals Newcastle United.

Bournemouth boss happy with Exeter win

The Cherries progressed into the next round for he Capital One Cup with relative ease as they won 2-0 away at Exeter City.

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe fielded a completely different 11 to the one that downed Huddersfield Town 4-0 at the weekend's season opener.

Howe said after the game: "I was pleased with aspects of the performance. I thought we played some really good football in the first half and created a hatful.

"There were some good patches and some stuff to work on as well. I had no hesitation on rotating the whole 11 regardless of the result on Saturday. I felt it was the right thing to do.

"We have such a strong squad that if you don't use it players become very frustrated very quickly. So I thought it was a good exercise.

Andy Awford claims Peterborough win was a 'big scalp'

After a nightmare few seasons in the Capital One Cup Pompey have finally progressed into the next round after beating League Two side Peterborough United 1-0 at Fratton Park.

Young striker Miles Storey scored the winner on his home debut after just 12 minutes, and manager Andy Awford said he was delighted with the win.

"The lads were fantastic. That's a big scalp for us," he said after the game.

"Some people might still have looked at us as favourites. I didn't. I thought we were massive underdogs - I really did.

"But the lads went out there, matched them all over the park and managed to stick the ball in the net.

"I thought we played very well in the first half and it was a dogged performance in the second.

"We dug in and really clung on to that lead when we had to defend. We looked threatening on the counter-attack as well in the second half." 

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