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Saints on deadline day – preview

With tomorrow’s 5pm deadline for Premier League clubs just 24 hours away, Aaron Sanders takes a look at the possible rumoured ins and outs at St Mary’s.

Outs

Among the news floating around it seems as though saints are willing to part with one of their deputising left backs in either Matt Targett or Sam McQueen.

Targett has been the subject of multiple reported bids from Fulham, where he spent the second half of last season on loan with great success helping them achieve promotion to the Premier League.

The latest fee is reported to be £14 million.

McQueen has been tracked by Championship side Bristol City. The West Country club are keen on a loan move with a view to a permanent deal, although McQueen’s fate will be dependant on Saints’ decision on Targett’s potential exit.

James Ward-Prowse has been the subject of a £10 million offer from Watford, however you feel the offer would need to be raised considerably to tempt the club into a sale.

The club will also been keen to find a solution for Fraser Forster although a move abroad remains open until the end of the month.

With the loan window for Football League sides open until the end of August it is possible some fringe or academy players could depart for the lower leagues

Ins

A striker seems the priority, if reports are to believed, with various names being mooted.

Danny Ings has seemingly been linked with a move to St Mary’s for the majority of the summer with the Winchester-born player available for a reported £20 million.

Crystal Palace and Newcastle are also understood to be interested in Ings.

Danny Welbeck is a recent name to come out although whether it is a loan or permanent move is as yet unknown but he has been told he can leave Arsenal this summer.

Paco Alcacer of Barcelona has also cropped up a lot this summer and the Spanish side are said to be open to a loan deal. The cost to suitors is thought to be a £3 million fee and his full wages. Watford are also said to be interested in the player.

With player sales seemingly needed to fund new signings it will be interesting to see whether departures trigger any of the above names coming through the door before 5pm tomorrow.

Although Saints are known to pull a rabbit out of the hat, so a name out of left field could yet materialise.

Fingers crossed that fans get their wish and a new striker arrives at the club before the window slams shut.

Excited to read your thoughts and predictions for tomorrow below.

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