Southampton: Alex Crook reveals exciting transfer update

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TalkSport journalist Alex Crook claims he’s been told Southampton are looking to make up to 10 signings this summer.

Crook’s comments were posted on the radio station’s YouTube channel on the same day the club announced the signing of Bochum defender Armel Bella-Kotchap for £8.6m.

The 20-year-old is the third signing through the door at St Mary’s already this window, following the arrivals of goalkeepers Gavin Bazunu and Mateusz Liz – and the spending is expected to continue on the south coast.

The Saints finished 15th for a second successive season last term, but Crook’s revelation will be exciting news for supporters, with the board seemingly intent on backing Ralph Hasenhuttl in the transfer market.

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He said: “It’s going to be busy summer at St. Mary’s. I was told by a source close to the club last week, Southampton could be looking at as many as 10 signings this summer.”

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Crook did also mention (0:31) that the Saints wouldn’t be following up last season’s loan move for Armando Broja with a permanent bid this summer, but it seems as though we can expect plenty of arrivals nonetheless.

The club’s takeover back in January by Sport Republic appears to have ignited a fresh injection of funds at the club.

The club have spent £91m in the past two seasons according to SoccerBase, and with continued backing, you would think that Hasenhuttl will soon have to deliver or risk being sacked.

However, he has already addressed a major cause for concern in his team, with Bazunu ready to stand between the sticks, with the Saints having the fourth-worst record for goals conceded (67) in the league last term, so perhaps this is just the beginning of the Austrian’s business.

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