Southampton announced a piece of transfer news this morning, but it was probably not quite what the fans were hoping for.
The Saints’ fanbase have been desperate for the club to bring in some new faces to help stave off relegation from the Premier League.
At the moment, Mauricio Pellegrino’s men sit inside the bottom three, one point from safety following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s.
The club pocketed a figure thought to be around £75m for Virgil van Dijk when they sold the defender to Liverpool earlier this month, but that cash is yet to be spent on new players.
Today, the coastal outfit announced a transfer, but it was an outgoing rather than an arrival.
Matt Targett has moved to Fulham on loan until the end of the season.
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) January 22, 2018
The 22-year-old will drop down to the Championship to gain some regular game time having started just two league matches for Southampton this season.
Fans tweeted their reaction to the news when it was announced.
Sessegnon in return?
— Harry (@harryhsfc) January 22, 2018
Best of luck, Matty! Look after him Fulham, you've got a good 'un there!
— SaintCirce (@SaintCirce) January 22, 2018
Better announce signings not departures ffs!
— Mahmoud (@Just_Mahmoud_) January 22, 2018
At least we will be prepared for the championship with all these loan players we keep shipping out. ???
— chris rexworthy (@tubby1972) January 22, 2018
Out of all our reserve players who have gone on loan over the last 2-3 seasons, how many have actually come back and claimed a place in the first team? Not Gallagher, McCarthy, Isgrove etc. Will we see Targett back? Doubt it. #saintsfc
— Debbie (@SFC_Debs) January 22, 2018
Another one that will be lost in the loan system
— TS ?? (@ts_ts89) January 22, 2018
Good luck to him, hope to see him back and better for it ?
— Rob (@rjcsfc) January 22, 2018
Biggest thing Matty Targett going out on loan tells us is that Ryan Bertrand won’t be going anywhere this month.. #saintsfc
— Matt Hookway (@MattHookway) January 22, 2018