According to ESPN FC sources, Arsenal have joined the race with Manchester United to sign defender Jose Fonte. (ESPN FC)
Southampton meanwhile remain optimistic their captain will remain at the club and sign a higher wage contract reportedly worth £70,000 per week. (Daily Echo/Telegraph)
Charlie Austin hit back at reports suggesting the forward could re-join former Saints manager Ronald Koeman at Everton, saying via his official Twitter: “You can only control the controllable, don't believe everything you read.” (The Mirror)
You can only control the controllable, don't believe everything you read ⚪️ #10 #saintsfc— Charlie Austin (@chazaustin9) August 16, 2016
Southampton continues to monitor the situation regarding Dutch striker and Wolfsburg’s Bas Dost, as the German club continue to court Simone Zaza. (Bild-Zeitung)
Coventry City supporters have praised the signing of defender Jordan Turnbull, who left Southampton on a permanent three-year deal on Monday. The 21-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at Swindon Town. (Coventry Telegraph)
For Southampton-based fans: The club is supporting the Be Clear on Cancer roadshow, which visits the WestQuay shopping centre later this week with James Ward-Prowse saying, “If there is a problem, hopefully it can be spotted earlier and more lives can be saved or changed for the better.” (www.saintsfc.co.uk)
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Claude Puel got stuck in to training ahead of Saints’ visit to Old Trafford on Friday as he fights off a beaming Dusan Tadic.
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Never go into battle with a PhD student, re: Charlie Austin to Everton reports: