Southampton fans on Twitter are split following the news that Everton are closing in on a deal to sign Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph that was initially reported as being in the region of £8m, but has since been confirmed to be £8.5m initially, which could rise to £10m with add-ons.
Fabian Delph to Everton fee will be £8.5m, rising by a further £1.5m.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) July 13, 2019
BBC Sport report that Toffees manager Marco Silva and director of football Marcel Brands believe that the 29-year-old will add some experience and leadership in a central midfield area for a bargain price.
Meanwhile, Saints have been relatively busy in the transfer window themselves, bringing in Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo, as well as confirming the permanent signing of Danny Ings following his season-long loan spell at St Mary’s.
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There have been no new additions away from the attack yet, but with Mario Lemina looking likely to leave those circumstances could easily change with little competition for Oriol Romeu in the defensive midfield position.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said in an interview with SportBild earlier in the summer that he was only looking to sign players aged 24 and under for the south coast outfit, but that appears to have fallen on deaf ears with some supporters on the popular social media platform.
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One individual said that he felt Delph “could have done a job for us”, while another labelled him as being “more mobile than Romeu”.
However, there were those who don’t feel that Southampton have missed out at all, with one describing the England international as an “awful, awful player”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Nothing more i hate than when a player signs for another club & some chump tweets… ‘could have done a job for us’
But Delph could have done a job for us!! Especially at £8m #SaintsFC
— Matt (@MattElgar14) July 12, 2019
Delph is a good player. Some of the saints fans on here make me laugh. They don’t want him because he is a proven player. They want some unknown player that we have to develop and then sell for mega money. Brainwashed
— Marc Higgins (@MarcTR4) July 13, 2019
I can kind of see where your coming from matt. I think he’s more mobile then Romeu. 90k a week is probably more then we would pay. But for 8 million a bit of a bargain. He would improve squad and add experience
— Steve Mullins (@stevemullins150) July 13, 2019
Romeu is a lot better than delph! ? I need some of what you have taken ???
— Scotty (@Sharky_1993) July 13, 2019
So you’re suggesting we sign an average player who would likely be in out Top 3 paid players to play as a rotation player and hinder the development of not only some of our CM’s but also our LB’s? Thats not how #SaintsFC do things, thank god
— Saint Harris (@LHarrisSFC) July 12, 2019
No, awful awful player
— SiBe (@SimonBevis) July 12, 2019