South coast latest: Saints closing on two signings, plus Cork update; Awford praises Peter Crouch

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Southampton boss says club are close to securing two signings

Ronald Koeman has said that the Saints are hoping to conclude two more signings very soon, and that midfielder Jack Cork will not be leaving the club.

The Dutch manager declined to confirm who the in-comings would be, but rumours have pointed towards Atlético Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld and possibly Andros Townsend.

Following the 2-0 League Cup win over Millwall, Koeman said: "I don't go and talk about names about players. In two positions we are trying to bring in new players and we hope to bring in this week.

"The club is doing everything for that and I hope that we will finish with that this week."

He also confirmed Cork wants to stay with the Premier League side adding: "He's a player of Southampton. About him there was a lot of rumours, but Jack is doing very well and wants to stay in Southampton."

Andy Awford praises former Portsmouth striker, Peter Crouch

Stoke City striker Peter Crouch will tonight face Portsmouth in the Capital One Cup, the club that kickstarted his career 13-years ago.

The 33-year-old joined Pompey in 2001 from QPR, but was sold after a fantastic debut season to Aston Villa. In 2008 for £5 million.

The season after Pompey won the FA Cup, 'Crouchie' returned to club in an £11 million deal from Liverpool. Again he spent one season at the club before joining Tottenham Hotspur for around the same fee.

The England international was a real favourite of the Fratton faithful, and Blues boss Awford has nothing but praise for the 6ft 7 striker. 

He told the Portsmouth News: "I love Crouchie to bits. He had a great career here in those golden times for us on the pitch and is a top player.

"You don’t play for England and Liverpool and Tottenham if you are no good. He’s a real nice lad as well, down to earth."

Capital One Cup win a job well done says Bournemouth assistant

Jason Tindall has praised the Bournemouth players for their comprehensive 3-0 win over Northampton Town last night.

Goals from Pitman, Gosling and Wilson secured the Cherries a spot in the third round and the assistant was pleased with the performance.

He told the Bournemouth Echo: "It was a very professional job. These games are potential banana skins but we were in total control for the majority of the match.

"On another day we could have scored more goals but the most important thing is we are in the hat for the next round.

"A lot of Championship teams come unstuck against lower-league opposition so we did not underestimate Northampton."

Brighton debutant enjoyed hard-fought cup victory

Gary Gardner has said he was 'buzzing' after the Seagulls needed extra-time to edge out Swindon Town in the Capital One Cup last night.

Brighton eventually won the match 4-2 and Gardner came on off the bench despite having not even trained with his new teammates yet.

He told the Argus: "I’m buzzing. I just want to play games.

"For it to go to extra-time gave me more minutes in my legs and that is what I need."

Gardner joined Brighton on a short-term loan from Aston Villa yesterday.

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