South coast latest: Mane gets Saints work permit; Pompey linked with ex-Coventry skipper

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New Saints winger Sadio Mane gets work permit

Southampton's £10 million deadline day signing from Red Bull Salzburg has finally been granted a work permit and should arrive at the club tomorrow, according to the Daily Echo.

Saints fans desperate to see their new man in action will have to wait a little while longer though as he isn't expected to make his debut until the Capital One Cup trip to Arsenal next Tuesday, which might well be a baptism of fire for the Senegalese international.

Ronald Koeman told the press earlier today: “Yesterday, I got the message of (executive director) Les Reed that everything is done, the work permission is ok.

“Normally he is flying back today and he will arrive tomorrow morning very early, but it’s too close for Saturday.

“Normally it will be a good chance for him to be part of the squad for next Tuesday, for the League Cup game against Arsenal.”

Pompey linked with ex-Coventry City skipper

According to the Coventry Telegraph, Portsmouth have been linked with former Coventry captain Carl Baker, who is currently a free agent.

The attacking midfielder has been looking for a number club ever since his contract was mutually terminated at the end of August, and it seems a move to the south coast could be in the offing.

Baker was a favourite of the Sky blues faithful so he's departure came as a shock to some, especially when you consider he is a player who can be relied to get double figure goals each season.

Although according to Portsmouth News journalist Jordan Cross, Pompey manager Andy Awford is staying tight-lipped over a potential move:

Howe critical of referee over Leeds defeat

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has criticised referee Andy D'Urso after their 3-1 defeat to Leeds United on Tuesday night.

Howe bemoaned some of the questionable decisions made by D'Urso in the midweek fixture, particularly the free-kick that led up to the Yorkshire club's second goal, which seemed to be a perfectly fair challenge from Cherries defender Simon Francis.

He told the Bournemouth Echo: “The second goal was a bitter one to take because, at 1-1, it was still anyone’s game. We felt it was a really disappointing decision by the referee to award the free-kick, which, in our opinion, was a very good tackle by Simon Francis.”

It's not the first time D'Urso has caused controversy in a football match, in 2004 he faced a 28-day suspension for giving Blackburn Rovers captain Barry Ferguson two yellow cards but no red. 

We must have patience insists Brighton defender 

Brighton's Spanish defender, Bruno has urged his side to remain patient as they look to overcome a slump that has seen them lose two games on the bounce.

The centre-back insists that due to the number of new recruits manager Sami Hyypia has brought in, the squad will need time to consistently achieve good results.

He told the official Brighton website: “What is true is that we are still a team under construction. We have had a lot of new players come in and we need to have a little bit of patience, but I think a good run of wins will come.

“When you lose 2-0 you can’t talk too much about positives. We also lost 3-2 at Brentford so it has been a bad week."

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