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Report: Southampton could sell Tadic to Ajax for $20m

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Could Southampton be selling one of its most creative forces?

Dusan Tadic, 29, is in the middle of a World Cup run with dark horse Serbia, but the Saints star is also being talked about as a purchase item for Ajax.

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The celebrated Eredivisie has traditionally been a selling club for the Premier League, but could be a $20 million buy for Ajax.

The report says director of players Marc Overmars and financial director Jeroen Slop have flown to Southampton to work out a deal.

Tadic starred for Dutch sides Groningen and Twente between 2010-14 before moving to St. Mary’s for a reported $12 million.

He’s scored 24 goals with 35 assists in 162 appearances for Saints, 21 and 30 of which came in the Premier League.

Saints’ Hughes, Tadic thrilled to put pressure on relegation rivals

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Southampton’s big derby win over Bournemouth will have any number of teams craning their necks behind them at the Premier League drop zone.

[ RECAP: Saints 2-1 Bournemouth ]

Dusan Tadic scored twice to pull Saints to 32 points, one back of Swans and three behind West Ham and Huddersfield.

“We need to have the teams above us looking over their shoulder and this result does that,” said Mark Hughes. “They know we have good quality, we just need to keep momentum. If we keep going like today it will go close.”

Hughes, for his part, is getting plenty of credit from his charges. Tadic, for one, says it’s all different under the Welsh boss.

“The new coach gave us extra power and experience and finally we gave him something back,” Tadic said. “We need to be at our best when it is the most difficult.”

“I think this is one of the most important wins in our history because we are fighting for our lives and I think we showed that.”

Saints have played one fewer match than Swans but could pass them with a win, as Swansea faces 18th placed Southampton and 19th place Stoke City on its run in to Decision Day.

AT HALF: Derby scrap level; Everton, West Brom, Palace lead

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The Premier League match day is in high gear with five 10 a.m. ET matches sandwiching Liverpool-Stoke and Swans-Chelsea.

Southampton 1-1 Bournemouth (NBCSN on STREAM HERE)

The New South Coast Derby matters deeply to relegation-threatened Saints, and Mario Lemina found Dusan Tadic put Saints on pace for three important points. There was a problem with the equalizer, as a goal kick should’ve been given before Joshua King scored off a corner.

Newcastle United 0-1 West Brom (CNBC or STREAM HERE)

West Brom will be relegated with dropped points, but Matty Phillips continues to haunt safe Newcastle United.

Crystal Palace 2-0 Leicester City [ STREAM HERE ]

Now-fit Wilfried Zaha has a goal and an assist, and surely loves having Ruben Loftus-Cheek back healthy, too.

Burnley 0-0 Brighton and Hove Albion STREAM HERE ]

The Clarets’ pathway to seventh is settled, and the Gulls will have fire in the belly to clinch safety.

Huddersfield Town 0-1 Everton [ STREAM HERE ]

The Terriers are not safe yet, and the Toffees have been picking up wins but not exactly thrilling anyone. Sam Allardyce is probably happy Everton bought the striker he apparently didn’t favor: Cenk Tosun.

Southampton 1-1 Arsenal: Giroud goal grabs point

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  • Arsenal with 67 percent possession
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Southampton’s big striker Charlie Austin saw his early goal canceled out by Arsenal counterpart Olivier Giroud, as the Saints and Gunners split the spoils 1-1 at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

The point boosts Arsenal fifth with 29, while Southampton is 10th with 18.

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Austin put Saints ahead in the third minute, driving his run forward to meet Dusan Tadic‘s chopped pass.

And he almost had a two on the scoreboard when Petr Cech made a sprawling stop on a similar enough low drive.

Arsenal had the better of the next 20 minutes, but the hosts came storming back just before the half hour mark. The intent and possession was there, but the touches sloppy in the box. It remained 1-0.

Fraser Forster came across his body to stop a low Aaron Ramsey drive in the 32nd minute.

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Arsenal certainly produced its fair share of early shots, but it was Oriol Romeu who came close to an audacious second Southampton goal in the 62nd minute.

Ryan Bertrand came close to giving Saints a 2-0 lead when he dinked a ball over Cech only to see it meander wide of the far post.

Forster stopped an Alexis Sanchez free kick as the match hit the 85th minute.

Giroud got the job done in the 88th, coming off the bench to nod past Forster when Maya Yoshida mistimed his header.

Saints smash defenseless Everton

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  • Sigurdsson scores beauty (video)
  • Saints rise 10th

Charlie Austin‘s brace led Southampton’s riot, as Saints broke free in a 4-1 win over moribund Everton at St. Mary’s on Sunday.

Dusan Tadic had a goal and an assist for Saints, and Steven Davis also scored.

It was Austin’s first brace since Oct. 16, 2016, in a 3-1 Saints win over Burnley.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored a wonderful goal for Everton, but the Toffees’ continued goal hemorrhage leaves it a beautiful footnote.

Southampton is now 10th with 16 points, while Everton is 16th (two points above the drop zone).

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Jordan Pickford collected an early Steven Davis free kick as the hosts opened with more promise.

A corner came soon after, and Charlie Austin slipped in a wide-open bid to score from the back post.

Everton countered in the 10th, and Kevin Mirallas mishit a shot wide of the frame.

Austin then hit a leaping side volley off the outside of the netting, as entertainment was no issue at St. Mary’s.

Saints found their finish in the 18th minute, as Tadic completed a fine team play. Working as the final piece of a break, Tadic held off a 50/50 challenge and a charging Pickford to collect and scoot Ryan Bertrand‘s cross across the line.

Sigurdsson leveled the score for Everton as the first half drew to a close, swirling an intoxicating shot over Fraser Forster and off the cross bar, far post, and cross bar again before nestling inside the near post.

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Great goals weren’t limited to the opening half, as Sofiane Boufal‘s cute cross was turned under the bar by Austin early in the second.

A similar goal came minutes later, this time assisted by Tadic, as Austin cruised between Ashley Williams and Michael Keane to make it a two-goal advantage.

Davis made it 4-1 in the 87th minute, a terrific spinning finish from atop the 18. Blowout.