South coast latest: Lambert on Saints situation; Bournemouth chase Norwich man

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Former striker hits out at Southampton owners for lack of ambition

New Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert has slammed his former club's owners for showing a lack of ambition in allowing Mauricio Pochettino to leave earlier this summer.

In an interview with Fox Sports, the 32-year-old questioned Southampton's decision to allow the Argentinian to join Tottenham, and said he believes that decision led to the mass player exodus.

Lambert said: "There’s obviously a reason why the gaffa went and that was the moment it became clear to the players what the ambition of the club was going to be."

In addition to Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren have all left St Mary's Stadium this summer, and the England international feels the criticism they have received has been directed at the wrong people.

"Obviously a few of the players who have left have taken a bit of stick but that’s football. It’s been surprising it’s all been at the players and not on the owners."

Bournemouth target Norwich City midfielder

According to the Bournemouth Echo, Eddie Howe is still plotting a move for Canaries midfielder Andrew Surman before the transfer window shuts in 12 days time.

Surman spent last season on loan with the Cherries, and many predicted that Howe would quickly tie up a deal for the player after a number of impressive displays in the second half of the season.

The 27-year-old only has one year remaining on his contract at Carrow Road, and according to the report could be available for £500,000.

However a move could prove difficult as Norwich manager Neil Adams is reportedly keen to tie him down to a new contract, and has already stated that the player does have a future in East Anglia.

New Brighton man delighted to join club

Brighton's new Dutch signing Danny Holla has said that he is very happy to have signed for the Championship club.

The midfielder posted this tweet on his Twitter account yesterday: "I'm very happy with my new club @OfficialBHAFC thanks for all the kind messages"

Holla joined the Seagulls from Eredivisie outside ADO Den Haag, and has signed a three-year contract with the club.

Sami Hyypia said of his new man: "Danny is a player who has plenty of top-flight experience in Holland with more than 200 senior appearances, and that experience is something we need.

"He is a deep-lying midfielder and the scouting reports I have seen on him show he likes to get on the ball, pass it and dictate the play – and I hope he can bring that to the team. 

Portsmouth sign ex-Brighton keeper

Pompey have succeeded in their hunt for a new 'keeper, after signing Peter Brezovan to replace the injured Michael Poke.

The Slovakian was released by Brighton and the end of last season and joins the League Two on a non-contract bases while Poke recovers from injury.

Brezovan is expected to be on the bench for Pompey's league clash with Northampton Town at Fratton Park tomorrow night.

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