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Southampton: Managing director Toby Steele lowers January transfer market expectations

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Southampton managing director Toby Steele has told fans not to ‘expect much movement’ this January during the transfer market. 

As things stand, the Saints sit five points about the relegation zone on 14 points after 12 Premier League games. It might not have been the most exciting season for supporters so far, but the ship is relatively steady.

However, if fans were hoping for a mad transfer dash this winter to liven things up a little, they may well be set for a disappointment or two.

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Indeed, while speaking as a guest on the Total Saints podcast, Steele explained that with the squad looking fit and healthy, he expects any activity in the upcoming window to be ‘minimal’.

He explained: “That planning is ongoing now. Certainly, at the moment, we’re relatively injury-free, if there is going to be any activity, it’s going to be very minimal.

“Certainly, if we get injuries between now and the 1st of January, then that could change. But I think Ralph is happy with the squad that we’ve got, it is a bigger squad than we’ve had in previous seasons.

“I would say [to] the fans, I wouldn’t expect much movement. But yeah, fingers crossed we don’t get injuries in the next few weeks.”

TIF Thoughts on Southampton and the transfer market…

Over the summer, Southampton didn’t exactly spend big, but they did seem to splash out on a few first-team players. They paid a reported £15m for Adam Armstrong, while the likes of Romain Perraud and Lyanco also joined.

Perhaps their best bit of business was the acquisition of young defender Valentino Livramento, who they plucked from Chelsea. Indeed, the 19-year-old has been one of the league’s ‘standout youngsters’ so far this season.

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For now, though, if there is to be any big spending in the upcoming transfer market, it looks as though the Saints may well have to leave that to the likes of Newcastle and co.

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