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Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has provided an update on whether the club will make any more signings before today’s transfer deadline during his pre-match press conference for the opening day trip to Burnley on Saturday.
He told southamptonfc.com: “We still have a few players in our mind. Maybe one is coming in”.
The south coast outfit have already completed deals for Che Adams and Moussa Djenepo this summer with Danny Ings’ loan move also becoming permanent, but they are yet to strengthen in defensive areas despite a centre-back being labelled as a priority by The Telegraph when they signed Adams.
It appears as though a struggle to offload players they were willing to listen to offers for – such as Guido Carrillo, Mario Lemina, Cedric Soares, Wesley Hoedt and Fraser Forster – has ultimately hindered their efforts to bring in anyone else as of yet, but Hasenhuttl clearly isn’t giving up hope of getting at least one more before the Premier League campaign gets underway.
While signing nobody else would be far from a disaster for Saints given the size of their squad – they currently have five senior centre-half options as well as youngster Christoph Klarer, and Jake Vokins and Cedric Soares as back up to Ryan Bertrand and Yan Valery respectively in the full-back areas – it has to be a worry if the window shut and they added no new faces to what was a leaky backline last term.
When they were without Oriol Romeu for the pre-season friendly away at Feyenoord, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and James Ward-Prowse struggled to bring that protection for the defenders behind them, which suggests that is another weak area in the team.
Nevertheless, Southampton look to have plenty of firepower and were boosted with last season’s player of the year Nathan Redmond penning a new contract on Thursday, so perhaps if they don’t get another signing before 5pm they can simply aim to win every game 4-3!