South coast latest: Saints target speaks about future; Hyypia slams Buckley

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Southampton target comments on future

Reported Southampton target Philipp Wollscheid has his eyes set on a move to a Premier League side this transfer window.

The 6ft 4 Bayer Leverkuson defender said in a recent interview: "I believe the club have discussed a permanent transfer but also a loan option for me at present.

"Outside of Germany, the main interest seems to be coming from the English Premier League, but I don’t know yet. We will have to wait and see."

Southampton are currently searching for a new centre-back to replace Dejan Lovren and Wollscheid could be an ideal option. However they will face competition from the likes of Southampton, Sunderland, Newcastle and Hull City, who are all reportedly keen on acquiring his services.

The 25-year-old has been capped twice by Germany and featured 23 times for Leverkuson last season.

Sami Hyypia criticises Buckley's attitude

Brighton manager has slammed the recently departed Will Buckley for his poor attitude during preseason training.

The winger sat on the bench for Albion's season opener and completed a £2.5 million move to Premier League side Sunderland yesterday.

Hyypia told the Argus: "I have an idea that when somebody doesn't want to play for you or be there for you then it's better to move on.

"Before I came I heard about players here and Will Buckley was one of the best rated players here. I don't know what was wrong with him all pre-season but he didn't really show why everybody was raving.

"I don't know if he knew that something was going to happen but I don't think I'm the only one who saw he wasn't the same."

Bournemouth defender deserved new deal says boss

Cherries manager Eddie Howe has said that defender Simon Francis was fully deserving of his new contract amid interest from Derby County over the summer.

Derby made two bids Francis last month, but both were turned down by Bournemouth and he has opted to extend his contract with the Championship leaders.

Howe told the club's official website: "We are pleased to offer Simon a new contract, I think his performances, and the consistency of his performances, really deserve that.

"He was very, very good last year and he has made a very good start to this season as well. We are delighted to offer him fresh terms and for him to commit his future to us...'

Portsmouth's winger should return for Cambridge clash

Pompey should have key winger Ricky Holmes available for tomorrow home match against Cambridge United.

Holmes has missed both of Pompey's games so far due to a thigh injury, but began training this week and will be assessed before kick-off tomorrow.

Five Pompey players definitely missing tomorrow will be back-up keeper Michael Poke who has damaged his achilles, Patrick Agyemang out with a hamstring problem, Danny East groin and Tom Craddock and Wes Fogden both have knee injuries.

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