Les Reed gives insight into Southampton's planned transfer activity

Southampton do not intend to make too many high-profile additions this summer, judging by Les Reed's comments today.

Les Reed has suggested that Southampton won't be particularly active in the summer transfer window to Perform at the Sporting Directors' Summit at the Etihad Stadium quoted by FourFourTwo.

The Saints' sporting director believes that bringing through their own youth products will be more important than making new additions to the team.

Reed wants to see a number of Southampton's brightest talents break into the senior squad and he insists that the club won't block their progress by bringing in high profile stars.

"You want a bit more strength, but what we've built is an academy that supplies players to the first team so we'll get our strength in depth from that," he said. 

"We'll tweak the team in terms of balance and we've got loan players we need to convert or replace, so that's more likely to be the type of activity we have in the transfer market."

It is a policy which has worked well for Southampton over recent years and it is an admirable stance for a Premier League side to be taking.

Too often bright English prospects are overlooked in favour of experienced players, but Southampton are one of a select few teams who do have great faith in their youth academy.

It has paid dividends for them, with the likes of Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw just a few of the players to come through at St. Mary's in recent years. 

It is also noticeable that Reed mentions that he intends to get some of Southampton's loan players signed to permanent deals.

At the moment the Saints have the likes of Eljero Elia and Filip Đuričić on a temporary basis, but it seems both could join up on a long-term basis soon. 

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