Southampton defender Jeremy Pied confirmed via Twitter that his knee injury, which occurred during training on August 23, would require surgery. (Sky Sports)
That means Cuco Martina’s potential £2.5m move to Everton has been put on hold whilst the club assess the situation regarding Pied. (Daily Echo)
It also appears the Saints have made a u-turn on Jay Rodriguez following the forward’s performance against Sunderland. Rodriguez, who scored his first goal in over two-and-a-half years, was the subject of interest from West Brom and Hull on a loan basis. (Sky Sports)
Sofiane Boufal, meanwhile, is close to joining Southampton for a club record fee with Sky Sports having reported the winger underwent a medical on Sunday. (Sky Sports)
However on Friday, talkSPORT suggested Leicester City are keen to attempt to steal Boufal away from the Saints.
Saints boss Claude Puel was excited by the Europa League draw, which will include Internazionale, Sparta Praha and Hapoel Be'er Sheva as group stage opponents. He told the Official Southampton website: “For us, it will be important at the end of this group to have the qualification for the next round.” (www.saintsfc.co.uk)
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