Date: 23rd July 2019 at 8:00pm
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With Southampton’s preparations for the coming 2019/20 campaign progressing nicely as we move through pre-season, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken of his confidence that the club will again soon be busy when it comes to transfer deals this summer, as we know he’s looking to seal a number of departures to further trim his first team group.

With Jordy Clasie the latest to leave, we all know the likes of Charlie Austin, Guido Carrillo and others are available, but speaking to the Daily Echo our Austrian gaffer seemed confident that with the clock ticking down to deadline day, we’d soon start seeing more deals going through.

“I think in the next two weeks the transfer rumours will turn to facts because the clubs are now forced to do something. Every team wants to change a few players and bring new players in. I am sure the squad we see today is not the squad we will see on the first game day for sure, and every change we make let’s have a look. We have more time and I am sure we will have one or the other transfers.”

It would certainly be a bonus if we could see some more quick departures now as it doesn’t take much of an educated guess (Hasenhuttl basically states it) to assume there are further potential incoming targets that he’d like to bring in – as well as further opening the pathway for Academy graduates – that do probably depend on us shrinking the wage bill further.

He did also explain that in an ideal world he’d cut our squad down to 22 players, leaving plenty of room for youngsters on the bench.

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