South coast latest: Paul Lambert slams Koeman; Bournemouth Surman link 'only rumours'

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Aston Villa boss slams Ronald Koeman over Ron Vlaar interest

Paul Lambert has accused Saints manager Ronald Koeman of being disrespectful in his pursuit of Villa defender Ron Vlaar.

Southampton have been on the trail of Vlaar after he impressed at the World Cup with Holland, and last week Koeman revealed that he would be a 'perfect addition' to his side.

Koeman's words have angered Lambert, who said: "I think he is disrespecting when you are talking about other team's players when they are still their players. I think that's wrong.

"I wouldn't mind if he picked up the phone, but you don't go public on it. That's the thing that annoyed me the most and the stance is still exactly the same with Ron."

Andrew Surman link only rumours says Tindall

Bournemouth assistant manager Jason Tindall has played down claims the club are close to signing Norwich man Andrew Surman, by saying the claims are only rumours.

The Cherries have been linked with Surman after he impressed on long loan last season. But Tindall refused to be drawn on recent speculation in an interview with the Bournemouth Echo.

"I'm sure there's always going to be rumours linking us with players like Andrew Surman, particularly because he was here last year and he did well for us.

"He's doing really well at Norwich at the minute but if there are rumours then they are only rumours. Until you sign someone, it's a different matter.

"We can't talk about anyone else`s players. All I can tell you is that when Andrew Surman was here last year he did incredibly well for the team and he's a good player."

Holla raring to go for Brighton

Brighton's new Dutch signing Danny Holla has told the club's website that he is raring to, having joined the Championship outfit from Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag.

Holla said: “We’ve had two training sessions,yesterday and this morning. It’s been good to be on the pitch and get to know the guys.

“I had trained at my old club for a couple of weeks so I’m feeling fit. I didn’t play many games, but I trained a lot. It’s up to the coaches to decide whether I play or not, but I feel ready."

The midfielder admits he did not know too much about the club before he signed, but says he is excited to pull on the Seagulls blue and white striped shirt.

“I didn’t know much about the club before I arrived... I hope that on Saturday I will be able to play in front of them for the first time."

Northampton match will be tougher than Peterborough, says Pompey winger

Ricky Holmes believes tonight's clash with Northampton Town will be a tougher test than when Portsmouth beat League One side Peterborough United last week.

Holmes told the Portsmouth News: "They have an experienced manager who knows the team and knows the league, he gets everything he can out of his players."

"That game will be our toughest test yet. It will be a tougher game than when we played Peterborough.

"The Capital One Cup and the league are totally different. They’ll come here and be a very strong side to face."

Northampton have been in good form this season, taking four points from their opening two games and knocking Wolves out of the Carling Cup last week.

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