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Hasenhuttl “unbelievably proud” of Southampton’s warriors

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Ralph Hasenhuttl hailed his 10-man Southampton side for digging deep to win away at Leicester City and drag themselves out of the relegation zone. 

Saints were 2-0 up at half time but had Yan Valery sent off in the 45th minute, putting them up against it in the second half. Leicester had 85 percent possession and 19 attempts at goal in the second period, but scored just once as Saints put in a valiant defensive display to secure a huge three points.

Speaking after the game, Hasenhuttl praised the mentality of his players and suggested they rather enjoyed the challenge.

“The second half was getting in the same compact with the defense and to try to defend,” Hasenhuttl said. “This manner and mainly the passion and the mentality was the winner of this game today. I thought we got too early 2-1, so it would be a long time then to get something here. The players enjoyed it. They felt the way we defend it is very difficult for the opponents to score. The longer the game went on, the more stable we were.”

Hasenhuttl also told BBC’s Match of the Day that he is “unbelievably proud” of his players.

“To be manager of this team, it’s a fantastic job,” Hasenhuttl said. “Today they showed their quality. To go 2-0 in the lead at Leicester is not easy and we defended with fantastic commitment.”

This feels like a massive moment in Southampton’s season.

Saints have dropped more points from winning positions than any other team in the Premier League this season but their players stood up to the challenge and were calm despite being pegged back to 2-1 with over 30 minutes remaining. Jan Bednarek, Oriol Romeu, Long, Jannik Vestergaard and Jack Stephens were all impressive as they made sure Hasenhuttl will have a selection dilemma in the weeks to come.

They were without regulars Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Charlie Austin (both suspended), Danny Ings, Michael Obafemi, Mario Lemina, Ryan Bertrand (all injured) and Maya Yoshida (on international duty at the Asian Cup) and had eight players from their famed academy in their 18-man squad. Callum Slattery made his Premier League debut as a sub, while Sam Gallagher played his first minutes of the PL season late on as Hasenhuttl’s squad was stretched to the limit.

No matter who was out there Saints’ players showed they are fighting for their new manager, and Hasenhuttl has now won three of his first seven PL games as Southampton manager. That equals as many victories as Mark Hughes, the man he replaced, managed in 22 matches as Saints boss.

Hasenhuttl has momentum and Southampton now have a favorable run of games with Everton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff City at home, plus a trip to Burnley. The next few weeks are pivotal for their chances of not only staying in the Premier League but pushing themselves into midtable.

Every Premier League summer transfer

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What a summer.

As usual, massive names were floated all summer as potential Premier League arrivals, returns, or departures.

Some of those materialized as predicted, with Alexandre Lacazette, Alvaro Morata (above), and Mohamed Salah coming to England.

[ MORE: Latest transfer news ] 

Others, like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, and Thomas Lemar, did not move at all.

Then there were the intra-league moves that happened or didn’t. As of post time, there are no new homes for Alexis Sanchez, Riyad Mahrez, and Diego Costa.

So who did move? Below are all the deals for each club via

AFC Bournemouth

Asmir Begovic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Jermain Defoe (Sunderland) Free Details
Nathan Ake (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Connor Mahoney (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details

Mark Travers (Weymouth) Loan Details
Ryan Allsop (Blackpool) Loan Details
Jordan Lee (Torquay United) Loan Details
Lewis Grabban (Sunderland) Loan Details
Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Ben Whitfield (Port Vale) Loan Details
Harry Cornick (Luton Town) Undisclosed Details
Sam Matthews (Eastleigh) Loan Details
Jordan Green (Yeovil Town) Free Details
Max Gradel (Toulouse) Loan Details
Baily Cargill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Joe Quigley (Newport County) Loan Details
Mihai Dobre (Bury) Loan Details
Matt Worthington (Yeovil Town) Loan Details
Adam Federici (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details


Sead Kolasinac (Schalke) Free Details
Alexandre Lacazette (Lyon) Undisclosed Details

Takuma Asano (Stuttgart) Loan Details
Chris Willock (Benfica) Free Details
Kaylen Hinds (Wolfsburg) Undisclosed Details
Marc Bola (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Dan Crowley (Willem ll) Undisclosed Details
Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Emi Martinez (Getafe) Loan Details
Stephy Mavididi (Preston North End) Loan Details
Gabriel Paulista (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Carl Jenkinson (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Cohen Bramall (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Ismael Bennacer (Empoli) Undisclosed Details
Savvas Mourgos (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Jon Toral (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Liverpool) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Nwakali (VVV-Venlo) Loan 
Donyell Malen (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Perez (Deportivo de La Coruna) Loan Details
Joel Campbell (Real Betis) Loan Details

Brighton & Hove Albion

Pascal Gross (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Josh Kerr (Celtic) Undisclosed Details
Mathew Ryan (Valencia) Undisclosed Details
Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Normann (FK Bodo/Glimt) Undisclosed Details
Izzy Brown (Chelsea) Loan Details
Steven Alzate (Leyton Orient) Undisclosed Details
Ales Mateju (Viktoria Plzen) Undisclosed Details
Davy Propper (PSV Eindhoven) Undisclosed Details
Soufyan Ahannach (Almere City) Undisclosed Details
Jose Izquierdo (Club Brugge) Undisclosed Details
Ezequiel Schelotto (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Newcastle United) Loan Details

Elvis Manu (Genclerbirligi SK) Free Details
Jordan Maguire-Drew (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Christian Walton (Wigan) Loan Details
Rob Hunt (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Norwood (Fulham) Loan Details
Ben White (Newport County) Loan Details
Tom Dallison (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Tyler Forbes (Accrington Stanley) Loan Details
Kazenga LuaLua (QPR) Loan Details
Archie Davies (Whitehawk) Loan Details
Mathias Normann (Molde) Loan Details
Rohan Ince (Bury) Loan Details


Charlie Taylor (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Jonathan Walters (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Cork (Swansea) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details
Adam Legzdins (Birmingham City) Undisclosed Details
Chris Wood (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details
Nakhi Wells (Huddersfield Town) Undisclosed Details

Michael Kightly (released) Details
Joey Barton (released) Details
George Green (released) Details
R J Pingling (released) Details
Christian Hill (released) Details
Taofiq Olmowewe (released) Details
Jon Flanagan (Liverpool) End of loan Details
Josh Ginnelly (Lincoln City) Loan Details
Michael Keane (Everton) Rising to £30m Details
Ntumba Massanka (Wrexham) Loan Details
Bradley Jackson (Southport) Loan Details
Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Dusseldorf) Free Details
Paul Robinson (retired) Details
Connor King (Barnoldswick Town) Loan Details
Tendayi Darikwa (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Chris Long (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Alex Whitmore (Bury) Loan Details
Aiden O'Neill (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Conor Mitchell (Chester FC) Loan Details
Andre Gray (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Luke Hendrie (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Anderson (Port Vale) Loan Details
Daniel Agyei (Walsall) Loan Details


Willy Caballero Free Details
Antonio Rudiger (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Tiemoue Bakayoko (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Alvaro Morata (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Kylian Hazard (Ujpest) Undisclosed Details
Davide Zappacosta (Torino) Undisclosed Details
Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City) Undisclosed Details

Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Juan Cuadrado (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Asmir Begovic (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Liverpool) Free Details
Alex Kiwomya (Doncaster Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Bertrand Traore (Olympique Lyonnais) Undisclosed Details
Fankaty Dabo (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Nathan Ake (AFC Bournemouth) Undisclosed Details
Tammy Abraham (Swansea City) Loan Details
Kasey Palmer (Huddersfield) Loan Details
Todd Kane (Groningen) Loan Details
Charlie Colkett (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Ola Aina (Hull City) Loan Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Marco Van Ginkel (PSV Eindhoven) Loan Details
Ike Ugbo (Barnsley) Loan Details
Mukhtar Ali (Vitesse) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Stoke City) Loan Details
Mason Mount (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Izzy Brown (Brighton) Loan Details
Tomas Kalas (Fulham) Loan Details
Michael Hector (Hull City) Loan Details
Jamal Blackman (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Matt Miazga (Vitesse Arnhem) Loan Details
Bekanty Victorien Angban (Waasland-Beveren) Loan Details
Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) Undisclosed Details
Mario Pasalic (Spartak Moscow) Loan Details
Lewis Baker (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Kenneth Omeruo (Kasimpasa) Loan Details
Jeremie Boga (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Jordan Houghton (Doncaster Rovers) Loan Details

Crystal Palace

Manager: Frank De Boer Details
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea) Loan Details
Jairo Riedewald (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Man Utd) Loan Details
Mamadou Sakho (Liverpool) $31-34 million

Steve Mandanda (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Inniss (Colchester United) Loan Details


Jordan Pickford (Sunderland) £25m Details
Davy Klaassen (Ajax) €27m Details
Nathangelo Markelo (FC Volendam) Undisclosed Details
Henry Onyekuru (Eupen) Undisclosed Details
Sandro Ramirez (Malaga) Undisclosed Details
Michael Keane (Burnley) Rising to £30m Details
Boris Mathis (Metz) Free Details
Anton Donkor (Wolfsburg) Loan Details
Josh Bowler (QPR) Undisclosed Details
Wayne Rooney (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Cuco Martina (Southampton) Free Details
Lewis Gibson (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details
Nikola Vlasic (Hajduk Split) Undisclosed Details

Tom Cleverley (Watford) Undisclosed Details
Russell Griffiths (Motherwell) Free 
Conor McAleny (Fleetwood Town) Free
Henry Onyekuru (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Gerard Deulofeu (Barcelona) Undisclosed Details
Brendan Galloway (Sunderland) Loan Details
Tyias Browning (Sunderland) Loan Details
Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd) Undisclosed Details
Aiden McGeady (Sunderland) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Duffus (Oldham Athletic) Undisclosed Details
Matthew Pennington (Leeds United) Loan Details
Joe Williams (Barnsley) Loan Details
Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest) Loan Details
Antonee Robinson (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Conor Grant (Crewe Alexandra) Loan Details
Callum Connolly (Ipswich Town) Loan Details

Huddersfield Town

Laurent Depoitre (Porto) Undisclosed Details
Aaron Mooy (Man City) £8m Details
Jonas Lossl (Mainz) Loan Details
Tom Ince (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Kasey Palmer (Chelsea) Loan Details
Danny Williams (Reading) Free Details
Steve Mounie (Montpellier) Undisclosed Details
Scott Malone (Fulham) Undisclosed Details
Mathias Jorgensen (FC Copenhagen) Undisclosed Details
Abdelhamid Sabiri (Nurnberg) Undicslosed Details
Florent Hadergjonaj (Ingolstadt) Loan Details
Robert Green (Leeds United) Undisclosed Details

Tareiq Holmes-Dennis (Portsmouth) Loan Details
Jordy Hiwula (Fleetwood Town) Loan Details
Fraser Horsfall (Gateshead) Loan Details
Rekeil Pyke (Port Vale) Loan Details
Jack Payne (Oxford United) Loan Details
Mark Hudson (Retired to coach) Details
Luke Coddington (Northampton) Undisclosed Details
Sean Scannell (Burton Albion) Loan Details
Jordan Williams (Bury) Loan Details
Jason Davidson (released) Details
Nakhi Wells (Burnley) Undisclosed Details

Leicester City

Sam Hughes (Chester) Undisclosed Details
Harry Maguire (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Vicente Iborra (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Eldin Jakupovic (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Man City) Undisclosed Details
George Thomas (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Harvey Barnes (Barnsley) Loan Details

Harry Maguire of Leicester City (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

Ron-Robert Zieler (Stuttgart) Undisclosed Details
Bartosz Kapustka (Freiburg) Loan Details
Callum Elder (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Tom Lawrence (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Nampalys Mendy (Nice) Loan Details
Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details


Mohamed Salah (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Dominic Solanke (Chelsea) Free Details
Andrew Robertson (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details

Andre Wisdom (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Ryan Fulton (Hamilton Academical) Undisclosed Details
Lucas Leiva (Lazio) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Stewart (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Pedro Chirivella (Willem II) Loan Details
Connor Randall (Hearts) Loan Details
Taiwo Awoniyi (Royal Excel Mouscron) Loan Details
Shamal George (Carlisle United) Loan Details
Sheyi Ojo (Fulham) Loan Details
Allan (Apollon Limassol) Details
Ryan Kent (Freiburg) Loan Details
Sam Hart (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) $31-34 million

Manchester City

Bernardo Silva (Monaco) Undisclosed Details
Ederson (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details
Douglas Luiz (Vasco De Gama) Undisclosed Details
Danilo (Real Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Benjamin Mendy (Monaco) Undisclosed Details

Pablo Zabaleta (West Ham) Free Details
Gael Clichy (released) Details
Jesus Navas (released) Details
Willy Caballero (released) Details
Bacary Sagna (released) Details
Enes Unal (Villarreal) Undisclosed
Angus Gunn (Norwich City) Loan Details
Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town) £8m Details
Bersant Celina (Ipswich Town) Loan
Angelino (NAC Breda) Loan
Ruben Sobrino (Alaves) Undisclosed
Joe Coveney (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed
Bruno Zuculini (Hellas Verona) Undisclosed
Olivier Ntcham (Celtic) Undisclosed
Nolito (Sevilla) Undisclosed Details
Joe Hart (West Ham United) Loan
Aleksandar Kolarov (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Aleix Garcia (Girona) Loan Details
Douglas Luiz (Girona) Loan Details
Marlos Moreno (Girona) Loan Details
Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester) Undisclosed Details
Fernando (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Brandon Barker (Hibernian) Loan
Samir Nasri (Antalyaspor) Undisclosed Details
Patrick Roberts (Celtic) Loan
Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) Undisclosed
Jason Denayer (Galatasaray) Loan Details
Wilfried Bony (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Manchester United

Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Undisclosed Details
Romelu Lukaku (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Nemanja Matic (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Unattached) Free Details

Lukaku  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Josh Harrop (Preston North End) Free Details
Regan Poole (Northampton) Loan Details
Wayne Rooney (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Dean Henderson (Shrewsbury) Loan Details
Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad) Undisclosed Details
Sam Johnstone (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Devonte Redmond (Scunthorpe United) Loan Details
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (Leeds) Loan Details
Timothy Fosu-Mensah (Crystal Palace) Loan Details
Guillermo Varela (Penarol) Undisclosed Details
Matty Willock (Utrecht) Loan Details

Newcastle United

Christian Atsu (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Florian Lejeune (Eibar) Undisclosed Details
Stefan O'Connor (Arsenal) Free Details
Josef Yarney (Everton) Free Details
Jacob Murphy (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Javier Manquillo (Atletico Madrid) Undisclosed Details
Mikel Merino (Borussia Dortmund) Loan Details
Joselu (Stoke City) Undisclosed Details

Florian Thauvin (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Kevin Mbabu (BSC Young Boys) Undisclosed Details
Matz Sels (Anderlecht) Loan Details
Haris Vuckic (FC Twente) Undisclosed Details
Lubomir Satka (DAC 1904) Free Details
Vurnon Anita (Leeds United) Free Details
Alex Gilliead (Bradford City) Loan Details
Tom Heardman (Bury) Loan Details
Adam Armstrong (Bolton) Loan Details
Yoan Gouffran (Goztepe Spor Kulubu) Free Details
Sean Longstaff (Blackpool) Loan Details
Daryl Murphy (Nottingham Forest) Undisclosed Details
Lewis Gibson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Ivan Toney (Wigan Athletic) Loan Details
Emmanuel Riviere (Metz) Undisclosed Details
Stuart Findlay (Kilmarnock) Loan Details
Siem De Jong (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Grant Hanley (Norwich City) Undisclosed Details
Tim Krul (Brighton & Hove Albion) Loan Details
Achaf Lazaar (Benevento Calcio) Loan Details


Manager: Mauricio Pellegrino Details
Jan Bednarek (Lech Poznan) Undisclosed Details
Mario Lemina (Juventus) Undisclosed Details
Jack Rose (Unattached) Free Details
Wesley Hoedt (Lazio) Undisclosed Details

Manager: Claude Puel Details
Cuco Martina (released) Details
Lloyd Isgrove (released) Details
Harley Willard (released) Details
Martin Caceres (released) Details
Jason McCarthy (Barnsley) Undisclosed Details
Jay Rodriguez (West Brom) Undisclosed Details
Harrison Reed (Norwich) Loan Details
Harry Lewis (Dundee United) Loan Details
Ryan Seager (MK Dons) Loan Details
Sam Gallagher (Birmingham City) Loan Details
Paulo Gazzaniga (Spurs) Undisclosed Details
Jordy Clasie (Club Brugge) Loan Details

Stoke City

Darren Fletcher (West Brom) Free Details
Josh Tymon (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Tre Pemberton (Blackburn Rovers) Undisclosed Details
Kurt Zouma (Chelsea) Loan Details
Eric Maxwell Choupo-Moting (Schalke) Undisclosed Details
Bruno Martins Indi (Porto) €7.7m Details
Jese (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur) £18m Details

Stoke’s Jese (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Daniel Bachmann (released) Details
Shay Given (released) Details
Liam Edwards (released) Details
Harry Isted (released) Details
Joel Taylor (released) Details
George Waring (released) Details
Jonathan Walters (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa) £1.25m Details
Marko Arnautovic (West Ham) Undisclosed Details
Phil Bardsley (Burnley) £750,000 Details
Dominic Telford (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Ryan Sweeney (Bristol Rovers) Loan Details
Marc Muniesa (Girona) Loan Details
Joselu (Newcastle United) Undisclosed Details
Philipp Wollscheid (Metz) Free Details
Giannelli Imbula (Toulouse) Loan Details
Bojan Krkic (Alaves) Loan Details

Swansea City

Erwin Mulder (Heerenveen) Free Details
Tammy Abraham (Chelsea) Loan Details
Roque Mesa (Las Palmas) £11m Details
Marc Walsh (Finn Harps) Details
Cian Harries (Coventry City) Undisclosed Details
Courtney Baker-Richardson (Leamington FC) Undisclosed Details
Sam Clucas (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Jack Bainbridge (Unattached) Free Details
Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich) Loan Details
Steven Benda (1860 Munich) Undisclosed Details
Wilfried Bony (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details

Gerhard Tremmel (released) Details
Marvin Emnes (released) Details
Liam Shephard (released) Details
Josh Vickers (released) Details
Owain Jones (released) Details
Tom Dyson (released) Details
Tom Holland (released) Details
Alex Samuel (Stevenage) Undisclosed Details
Franck Tabanou (released) Details
Bafetimbi Gomis (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Daniel James (Shrewsbury Town) Loan Details
Borja Baston (Malaga) Loan Details
Jordi Amat (Real Betis) Loan Details
Jack Cork (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Connor Roberts (Middlesbrough) Loan Details
Modou Barrow (Reading) Undisclosed Details
Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Matt Grimes (Northampton Town) Loan Details
Stephen Kingsley (Hull City) Undisclosed Details
Botti Biabi (Hamilton Academical) Loan Details
Mark Birighetti (NAC Breda) Undisclosed Details
Oli McBurnie (Barnsley) Loan Details
Fernando Llorente (Tottenham Hotspur) Undisclosed Details

Tottenham Hotspur

Paulo Gazzaniga (Southampton) Undisclosed Details
Davinson Sanchez (Ajax) Undisclosed Details
Juan Foyth (Estudiantes) Undisclosed Details
Serge Aurier (Paris Saint-Germain) Undisclosed Details
Fernando Llorente (Swansea City) Undisclosed Details

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) Loan Details
Luke Mcgee (Portsmouth) Undisclosed Details
Kyle Walker (Manchester City) Undisclosed Details
Federico Fazio (Roma) Undisclosed Details
Clinton Njie (Marseille) Undisclosed Details
Tom Glover (Central Coast Mariners) Loan Details
Anton Walkes (Atlanta United) Loan Details
Joshua Onomah (Aston Villa) Loan Details
Cameron Carter-Vickers (Sheffield United) Loan Details
Kevin Wimmer (Stoke City) £18m Details


Head coach: Marco Silva Details
Tom Cleverley (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Will Hughes (Derby County) Undisclosed Details
Daniel Bachmann (Stoke) Free Details
Kiko Femenia (Alaves) Free Details
Nathaniel Chalobah (Chelsea) Undisclosed Details
Richarlison (Fluminense) Undisclosed Details
Andre Gray (Burnley) Undisclosed Details
Andre Carrillo (Benfica) Loan Details
Orestis Karnezis (Udinese) Loan Details
Marvin Zeegelaar (Sporting Lisbon) Undisclosed Details
Molla Wague (Udinese) Loan Details

Dennon Lewis (Crawley Town) Loan Details
Mario Suarez (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng) Undisclosed Details
Obbi Oulare (Royal Antwerp) Loan Details
Steven Berghuis (Feyenoord) Undisclosed Details
Juan Carlos Paredes (Released) Details
Giedrius Arlauskis (Released) Details
Valon Behrami (Udinese) Undisclosed Details

West Bromwich Albion

Jay Rodriguez (Southampton) Undisclosed Details
Yuning Zhang (Vitesse Arnhem) Undisclosed Details
Ben Pierce Details
Ahmed Hegazi (Al Ahly) Loan Details
Gareth Barry (Everton) Undisclosed Details
Oliver Burke (Red Bull Leipzig) Undisclosed Details
Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) Undisclosed Details
Grzegorz Krychowiak (Paris Saint-Germain) Loan Details

AFC Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake, left, an dWest Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Darren Fletcher (Stoke City) Free Details
Sebastien Pocognoli (Standard Liege) Free
Yuning Zhang (Werder Bremen) Loan Details
Shaun Donnellan (Walsall) Loan Details
Ethan Ross (Redditch United) Loan Details
Tyler Roberts (Walsall) Loan Details
Jonathan Leko (Bristol City) Loan Details
Kane Wilson (Exeter City) Loan Details
Kyle Edwards (Exeter City) Loan Details
Rekeem Harper (Blackburn Rovers) Details

West Ham United

Pablo Zabaleta (Manchester City) Free Details
Joe Hart (Manchester City) Loan Details
Marko Arnautovic (Stoke) Undisclosed Details
Javier Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen) £16m Details
Sead Haksabanovic (Halmstads) Undisclosed Details

Jonathan Calleri (Deportivo Maldonado) End of loan Details
Gokhan Tore (Besiktas) End of loan Details
Alvaro Arbeloa (released) Details
Sam Howes (released) Details
Sam Ford (released) Details
Kyle Knoyle (released) Details
Sam Westley (released) Details
Havard Nordtveit (Hoffenheim) Undisclosed Details
Reece Oxford (Borussia Monchengladbach) Loan Details
Raphael Spiegel (released) Details
Stephen Hendrie (released) Details
Enner Valencia (Tigres UANL) Undisclosed Details
George Dobson (Sparta Rotterdam) Undisclosed Details
Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough) £5m Details
Ashley Fletcher (Middlesbrough) £6.5m Details
Reece Burke (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Josh Cullen (Bolton Wanderers) Loan Details
Sofiane Feghouli (Galatasaray) Undisclosed Details
Robert Snodgrass (Aston Villa) Loan Details

Premier League preseason: Four road sides win, Chelsea faces Liverpool tonight

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The main event of Wednesday’s preseason schedule is still to come, but we have four results in the books before dinner time.

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Chelsea and Liverpool will tangle in an International Champions Cup date at the Rose Bowl come 11 p.m. ET, but Sunderland, Southampton, Swansea and Crystal Palace all played earlier.

Dijon 2-3 Sunderland

David Moyes oversaw another win for the Black Cats, who took on a Ligue 1 side in Dijon. Star midfielder Wahbi Khazri scored again for Sunderland, Fabio Borini converted a penalty and Joel Asoro also scored. Sunderland never trailed but gave away a pair of leads on the evening.

FC Twente 1-2 Southampton

Virgil Van Dijk and Sam Gallagher scored for Saints as by all accounts they had a rather comfortable afternoon despite the hosts scoring with a quarter-hour remaining in the friendly.

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Swindon 0-3 Swansea

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How Southampton’s innovative plan to break into US market will work


SOUTHAMPTON — The age old question of ‘why is North America struggling to develop top class players?’ is one we’re all familiar with.

But how about – with a little help from a Premier League club — flipping that question around and simply asking: ‘well, why not?’

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Southampton Football Club have decided they will be at the forefront of helping on that front, as Saints are launching a unique and long-term plan to use their expert knowledge in this area to help develop better coaches who will then develop better youth players in both the U.S. and Canada, while also growing their brand across the pond.

Last week NBC Sports got the chance to exclusively dig deeper into this initiative and speak to leading figures at the Premier League club about the nuts and bolts of Southampton’s master plan to move into the North American market.

Everything will kick off on July 1 this year and the initial plan is to partner with 10 wide-ranging travel and club teams from across North America, many of whom possess thousands of youngsters across the different age groups. Here’s a look at some of the maim aspects in more detail:

  • Southampton will send some of their top coaches and staff out to the U.S. frequently and will host their partner clubs in conferences on both sides of the pond, with a three-day conference coming up in Baltimore this August available to partner clubs and interested parties.
  • They will also organize a “Southampton Cup” tournament in April 2017 for North American sides to play against English and European opponents.
  • Saints will host a coaching conference in Southampton next May which would showcase how the club works behind-the-scenes from the U-8 level all the way to the first-team.
  • Influential figures in the day-to-day running of the Premier League club, and this new initiative, are Technical Director Martin Hunter and Director of Sports Medicine & Science Performance Support Mo Gimpel.
  • Along with Hunter and Gimpel will be a dedicated team from Southampton’s staff who will work hand-in-hand with their partner teams in the USA and Canada to give them access to state-of-the-art equipment and methods to help with the development of their young players.

Saints are going all-in with this American venture and among their long-term aims is to have a permanent center set up on both coasts in the U.S., help the game grow by developing better coaches and there’s a strong desire to bring young American players through their academy and, one day, into their first team.

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It’s an ambitious plan but Southampton is an ambitious club as it continues to fight against the PL’s elite and overachieves year-on-year with other teams incredibly envious of the top talent they continue to produce. If you need a reminder of just how good they are at producing youngsters, then look no further than the “Southampton Way” documentary (video in full, above) produced and presented by our very own Roger Bennett.

Their journey from the depths of the third-tier in 2009 to the top seven of the PL and a spot in the Europa League in 2015 pays tribute to the way the club has rebuilt itself thanks to the generosity of the Liebherr family but Saints have always had developing top quality youth players at its core. Now, it wants to bring those values to North America and with the help of Chairman Ralph Krueger – born and raised in Canada – and his vast list of contacts in the American sporting realm, it is becoming a reality.

“If you do any market research on the Premier League we are near the top, if not at the top, when it comes to teaching the game,” Krueger said in an interview last fall. “So we want to come to the U.S. with a clear development model that we’re going to bring to academies and development centers that have over 6,000 kids in them.”

Last week I sat down with Hunter and Gimpel in the Markus Liebherr Pavilion as the swirling wind and rain brought across the Atlantic from Winter Storm Jonas battered the skylight windows. It’s clear everybody at the club is excited about taking on this new, and rather ambitious, challenge.

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Saints’ plan to try and muscle their way into the American market is a little bit different than the tact most English and European clubs have taken in the past. They don’t have the fan base or finances of their PL rivals Manchester United, Chelsea or Arsenal. So, instead of coming on a preseason tour and chucking out shirts into the stands to entice prospective new fans, the Hampshire club is looking to build a sustainable fan base by sharing what it’s known the world over for: developing top young talent thanks to elite coaching methods.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 26: Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Theo Walcott of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at Emirates Stadium on February 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Two of the most successful products developed by Saints are Gareth Bale, left, and Theo Walcott battle out.

Over the years the production line from their famed academy at the Staplewood training base speaks for itself. Before the recent influx of star names the likes of Alan Shearer, Matt Le Tissier and Wayne Bridge came through. More recently Theo Walcott, Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw and Calum Chambers have been developed and sold on for huge sums and now play for some of the biggest teams on the planet.

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Saints’ production line keeps on rolling too, with current first team players James Ward-Prowse and Matt Targett regulars in the PL, plus the likes of Harrison Reed and Sam Gallagher on the fringes.

So, what is so special about the “Southampton Way” of developing players and what can they offer to these partner clubs in the U.S. from July 1 onwards?

“The whole history of the club is steeped in this,” Hunter said. “Over the past six years since the Liebherr family has been involved, we’ve got this facility now and we are in a position to share. We don’t have anything to hide. We’ve got not magical dust to sprinkle on people. It’s just the way we do things. It’s like going to a good University. You go to Oxford University, you expect a good education. If you come to Southampton, you only have to look at quotes from the likes of Gareth Bale to know you expect a good football education from us. It’s quite simple. So we can share it and we will back it.

“The other thing we need to mention is that when we actually send staff across they will be key staff that work here,” Hunter continued. “We are not starting a franchise. We will send key people out at key times. That’s why we are sure it will work. We are not paying lip service. We see it as a very important venture therefore we will back it like that.”

To start with Saints will partner with 10 clubs and begin the tailored four-year plan with each side this July. They aim to build a solid base and a way of doing things which can then be replicated on a larger scale across North America and even in other emerging markets such as China and Australia in the future. The entire team involved in this project recently set up a stall at the NSCAA convention in Baltimore in January and were overwhelmed by the interest levels and described the American coaches as being “like sponges, so open-minded.”

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Gimpel, who has met with members of the New York Knicks, Baltimore Ravens, San Antonio Spurs and Tampa Bay Lightning’s science, medical and performance staff to discuss methods of how things are done in America compared to the UK, is eager to get things going.

“On July 1 we will be up and running, we will have clubs signed and we will be going,” Gimpel said. “At the conference there were 13,000 people from all over the U.S. We fielded questions from everywhere and there are probably clubs from coast to coast who are in serious discussions about signing up.”

So, why are Saints so convinced this model will work in the U.S.?

“It will work because of the input and the importance we will give it. We see it as a long-term plan and partnership. We want to develop close links with clubs particularly on developing the coaches understanding,” Hunter explained. “We are not in competition with the governing bodies that award coaching badges. We would see that as being as a supplement to the things we’ve been very successful here at in terms of developing players and good young players both male and female. That will be critical as to what we do. What we are trying to do is share our best practice with the coaches and have a knock-on effect with the players in the U.S. The way we do things here, we want to share the key points about that in terms of coach education and player pathway.

“We are also looking at an aspiring coach maybe from a different area, there would be a chance for them to come in and join in that situation. But primarily it is a partnership with clubs who have got teams from all age groups and it is a chance to affect their coaching culture.”

With the finances on offer for developing a scheme such as this surely paltry in comparison to the riches of the Premier League, I’m sure many of you are asking: ‘why put all this time and effort in?’

“One of the things our organization does well, is it does due diligence and when a decision is made then we are on to do something for the medium to long-term. This is long-term project and why can’t it just become forever?” Gimpel said. “It could just be there, slowly building our brand in the U.S. and building to help the U.S. as a nation become better coaches of soccer and improving the health of a nation. Whatever angle you want to take on it, why can’t Southampton be part of that and be pushing that forward? We will build our brand and hopefully we build support and a fan base and if we find players, great. But that’s not the primary aim of the project.”

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Bale and fellow academy graduate Adam Lallana embrace after a Champions League clash.
Bale and fellow academy graduate Adam Lallana embrace after a Champions League clash.

Growing the brand of Southampton is the main aim but teams who partner with Saints will get the choice whether or not they want to play in a replicata Southampton kit or have a badge on their current jersey or simply show no physical correlation with the club. There’s no pressure for any of that.

But should there be any concerns regarding the resources of a small to medium size PL club being stretched and Southampton’s academy staff being overworked?

“That is part of our discussions. We will start off with things that we know are going to work and we will staff and support it,” Hunter said. “We know the potential is huge but we have to do what we have done here, which is build the blocks to be successful. We are not going to build a weak base that crumbles. We want solidity like we’ve had here in the last six years. We are mindful of that and we will take that into account.”

Speaking to Matt Sanger, Global Development Manager at Southampton, it was clear he is ambitious yet realistic about the potential of this project as one thing is key to remember: quality over quantity.

“We are realistic in terms of how many [clubs] we could get,” Sanger explained. “If it was to explode and go really massive then that’s great but there is a limit to how many clubs you can really have working with you because you have to have the quality and we have to maintain that quality. That is an absolute key for us when we are doing the program, to maintain that link with the Football Development & Support Center.”

Another part of the service Saints will provide is giving clubs in the North America access to their tracking systems which will be able to look at historical data from previous years and compare to their teams.

“One of the things we’ve been talking about is that a club in the U.S. could see the data of their player and how it compares to a player like Gareth Bale at that age,” Sanger said. “So they can really start understanding what a player of that stature would need to have achieved physically and technically at certain periods.”

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Ward-Prowse, left, and Targett are the latest academy graduates to crack the first team.

Another thing the program will take into account is inclusion. Saints will not focus on one particular age group but work with clubs who have teams from as young as U-8 and up to U-16 and even some USDA level teams are in serious discussions. Their methods will also be used to coach male and female players and Hunter explained a little more about the advantages of setting this initiative up in the U.S., a region which many would say has huge untapped potential in terms of developing top players.

“Absolutely, it is untapped,” Hunter agreed. “The potential in America in terms of the country being an active country, sport is massive like it is in this country so the knock on effect in terms of young people and their discipline is done through a medium. Our football, American soccer, we see as a very important vehicle for longer-term.”

Huge athletic potential aside, one of the biggest issues facing club teams in North America is the widely-accepted fact that children play soccer up until the age of 12-13 and then focus on more traditional sports such as basketball, American football and baseball. Speaking to a Technical Director of one of the most successful youth academies on the planet, is there a “golden stage” when children should learn the sport?

“The golden years for learning the experts would say is from 7-12. So it seems a bit strange that actually you are starting to get some sort of understanding and master it and then you don’t want to play,” Hunter said. “If you look at our track record, some of our very, very best players were here from eight years of age. So they are grounded in all sorts of way, in terms of sports science, plus tactical and technical education. We can’t do everything in the U.S. module but that is a proven fact that they are key ages to learn.

“Our curriculum is run in three phases. The foundation phase starts at eight and then goes up to 12, then the youth development stage which goes up to about 16 and then the professional development phase is really 16+. We talk about a pathway and we talk about opportunity to the first team. That’s how we do it. We are not a club who can go out and buy a young player for $3-4 million and we wouldn’t believe in it.”

The fact that Southampton has given debuts to 10 teenagers in the Premier League over the past three-and-a-half seasons, and many more before that, suggests that they are extremely strong at accelerating the development of young players from the age of 15-16 and preparing them for a first-team environment.

Could those methods be used in conjunction with Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer in the future?

“It is possible but the college soccer system… the whole sporting line from U-16s to U-21s means the college system appears to be a huge block in those key years,” Gimpel explained. “Whereas here guys at the same age are full time athletes but in the U.S. they became part student and part athlete. It is quite a complicated scenario and I don’t know enough about it to give you a complete opinion on it. I think we definitely have knowledge of how to go from say, a U-16 to a U-21 professional and any organization that was keen to investigate that, we’d be happy to have the chat with them. When we were in the U.S. we did have a meeting with Sacha Cirovski, the soccer coach at Maryland University, just to up-skill our knowledge in the college system and how it works.”

Looking at other sports and other clubs is something Hunter did when he first took over as technical director in 2010. Southampton looked at the examples of Auxerre, Barcelona and Ajax and the success they had in developing young talent. Now, everybody is looking at them as they continue to churn out top class prospects.

Saints are mindful, though, that they do things properly from the very beginning in North America and won’t push for immediate results.

“We will see how it goes. Player development takes years. It is a slow process,” Gimpel said. “Because we are in it for the long term, as Martin said, that foundation is the key. If we muck this up then clubs in a year’s time will say ‘oh, we aren’t going to get involved there’ so we need to make sure we start right and resource it well.”

Shaw, 19, was the youngest player at the 2014 World Cup.
Saints academy product Shaw was the youngest player at the 2014 World Cup.

It will be a slow and meticulous process but 10 years from now the key movers and shakers at Saints hope to be a force in the U.S.

“Long term, if we could work with an academy and have a kid that was eight years old and could come up and become a professional footballer, that would be fantastic,” Sanger beamed. “That would be the ultimate success of the program because it would show that what we do here in Southampton could be replicated somewhere else by working with us and develop that professional player.”

But just how big can this become?

“In 10 years the ultimate aim is that it would be a full-time department with bases on the East and West Coasts,” Gimpel said, with a smile on his face. “We’d have lots and lots of clubs and a successful talent ID pathway. Plus, Saints could be the Premier League team of the U.S. fan.”

“Some young American players at this club,” Hunter added, rubbing his hands excitedly. “Why not?”

That ideology of “why not?” is something that will resonate strongly with the American market as club and travel coaches fight to develop young players in a country where the game is still growing exponentially but also battling against the traditional powerhouse sports to find its footing in the American sporting realm.

Now, coaches have some help from one of the best in the business to help take them, and their players, to the next level. Both Southampton and their soon-to-be partner clubs in North America hope to one day produce the American version of Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott or Luke Shaw.

After all, why not?