Southampton summer business will depend on youngsters, says Les Reed

The Director of Football also says that a host of Championship clubs are looking at taking their players on loan.

Southampton’s Les Reed says the development of the youngsters at the club will have an affect upon their summer transfer business reports the Daily Echo.

The Saints are expected to be busy this summer and bolster their squad ahead of next season as they face an increased fixture list next season having qualified for the Europa League.

They have added several new faces to their squad already but have also seen players leaving. And while many are anticipating more arrivals at St Mary’s, Reed says that will depend on the progress of their current crop of youngsters as they can provide additional strength to the squad.

“Ronald and I have discussed it, and we’re both on the same page where that’s concerned," said Reed to the Daily Echo.

"I think a lot will depend on the progress of the young players that we’ve got, and the reports back at the moment are that they’re progressing really well."

Interest from Championship sides

The Director of Football does however admit that all of the youngsters aren’t going to make it into the squad this season, and will likely be heading out on loan instead.

The likes of Jack Stephens, Jordon Turnbull and Lloyd Isgrove all headed out on loan last season to sides in both the Championship and League One, with varying levels of success.

And Reed says they are already receiving enquiries from promotion chasing sides in the Championship about possibly taking their youngsters on loan.

“We’re getting enquiries from top Championship clubs about loaning our players, clubs who feel that they’ve got a chance of promotion,” he added.

“It’s a case of Ronald at the end of it saying ‘Well, I’m going to keep him, him and him and him,’ so when you add up the squad it’s probably going to be a decent size, but also we haven’t bought problems.”

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