Everything must go: Five further potential Southampton sales
Southampton, 9/2 to be relegated, will have plenty of funds in the coffers after selling skipper Adam Lallana, and top stars Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren.
The Saints faithful have seen little of that money reinvested yet, though, and with Morgan Scheiderlin and Jay Rodriguez also rumoured to be itching for a move, the St Mary’s firesale is beginning to border on the ridiculous.
New boss Ronald Koeman looks to have undertaken a poisoned chalice, struggling to cling on to his most talented players, despite the south coast club boasting a squad that was the envy of many top teams last term.
After being raided by the Premier League elite, with fans watching the incredible and unprecedented exodus in dismay, Coral writers discuss who could be next to head for the door.
Former Celtic stopper Boruc enjoyed a fairly successful season for the Saints last term, but is known for being erratic and unpredictable.
Koeman has been tipped to land current Hoops ‘keeper Fraser Forster, who was part of England’s World Cup squad in Brazil, as a replacement, with the protracted move now reportedly closer to completion.
Whether Polish international Boruc would be happy with an understudy role remains to be seen and,with just one year left on his contract at St Mary’s, he may decide it is time to move on.
Able to exercise more control over his future once his deal is closer to expiring, Boruc may do well to stay at St Mary’s for at least the first half of the season, and take the chance to impress and compete.
Following the recent spate of departures, it seems a host of top flight clubs can now smell blood, and are eager to assist Southampton in dismantling the squad that finished eighth in the Premier League last season.
Chelsea academy product Cork could be the next to head for the exit, with the quartet of Crystal Palace, QPR, Swansea City and West Brom all rumoured to be interested in the midfielder, who impressed for the Saints last campaign.
Cork, 25, has been a key player for Southampton since his permanent switch from the Blues in 2011, making 137 total appearances for the south coast side. However, like Boruc, he only has one year left on his contract. Saints are rumoured to be ready to offer him a new deal, but it may have been more prudent to make those overtures before offloading five of his teammates.
Former Crystal Palace star Clyne has enjoyed two seasons and 61 appearances for Southampton, but saw his place threatened by the emergence of Chambers last term.
Following the teenage starlet’s departure to Arsenal, Clyne should be able to make the right back slot his alone. However, with a new era beginning in the England squad, and defensive positions in particular up for grabs, the 23-year-old may fancy his chances competing for a spot in a side likely to be playing in Europe over the next few years.
Long linked with Manchester United, and more recently Liverpool, the talented defender could make a surprise move.
Cardiff City are reported to have had two bids turned down for experienced centre back Fonte, but most worryingly for fans, it is rumoured that Southampton have only rebuffed the Bluebirds’ advances because they have not yet met his valuation.
The Portuguese defender, who made 27 outings for the Saints last season, has never been capped for his nation at senior level, but Bluebirds boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer seems keen to convince Fonte to complete the switch to Cardiff.
At 30 years of age, it would make more sense for the Iberian to stay at St Mary’s and enjoy Premier League football, with the exodus potentially clearing the way for even more game time, and Southampton odds-on at 1/8 to avoid the drop.
Wanyama has not yet lived up to his full potential since his move from Celtic to Southampton last summer, for an apparent club record fee of £12.5m. His deal symbolises happier times for the south coast club, when they were looking to improve on an already promising squad.
They could be prepared to cash in on the midfielder if he does not fit in to Koeman’s style, but that may change if Schneiderlin eventually makes his contentious move to Spurs, with Wanyama waiting in the wings to become a key figure.