Arsenal and Spurs launch raids as Southampton sale continues

Jul 29, 2014
Bill Mann

Chambers quits St Mary's as former boss Pochettino eyes Schneiderlin and Rodriguez


Will the last Southampton player to leave St Mary's please turn out the changing room lights? Just hours after Calum Chambers was officially unveiled as Arsenal's fourth signing of the season, BBC Sport reports that the Saints are now bracing themselves for the departure of midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and forward Jay Rodriguez.

Former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino is now the head honcho at Tottenham and apparently "talks are ongoing between the clubs" with the France international midfielder Schneiderlin and England striker Rodriguez on the brink of doing a bunk. Already this summer Southampton have flogged off Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Chambers and now they face losing two more players.

The BBC says that if Tottenham do want to do a double deal then they'll have to fork out £27m for Schneiderlin and around £7m for Rodriguez, currently nursing a knee injury.

Elsewhere the Daily Star says that West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce is "interested in signing Arsenal's Joel Campbell". The Costa Rica star's future has been the subject of intense speculation since his impressive displays in the World Cup and Sunderland were linked with a loan move for the 22-year-old last week. But the Star says that Campbell, who spent last season on loan with Greek outfit Olympiakos, is being targeted by Big Sam as a replacement for the injured Andy Carroll although AC Milan are also said to be "monitoring" the frontman.

The Evening Standard reports that QPR boss Harry Redknapp has expressed his astonishment that Loic Remy's move to Liverpool fell through due to an alleged failed medical. The French forward was on the verge of completing a £8.5m move to Anfield at the weekend only for Liverpool to call the whole thing off.

"It is very simple, we have decided not to go ahead with the deal," said Brendan Rodgers. "It is unfortunate for the player, we are obviously disappointed, but there is nothing more to be said." Rodgers has been true to his word, refusing to comment on the rumours that Remy didn't cut the mustard at his medical, but Redknapp had plenty to say when asked about the incident. "I don't see how he has failed a medical. It doesn't make sense... he's never had a problem with his fitness. You could not meet a fitter lad. There can't be any issue with his fitness... there has to be another reason."

In the meantime Redknapp hopes that Remy will stay put at Loftus Road. "From a selfish point of view I have got a great striker," he said. "We will be delighted to have him back."

As for whom Rodgers might be chasing now that he's brushed off Remy, The Sun reports that if it's Swansea City striker Wilfried Bony he could be out of luck. The 25-year-old enjoyed a cracking first season at the Liberty after signing from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem last summer in a £12m deal. Scoring 25 goals in all competitions, the Ivory Coast frontman is being tailed by a number of the Premier League's big boys and the Sun says the Liverpool boss is particularly keen to replace Luis Suarez with Bony.

But when it was put to Swansea gaffer Garry Monk, he replied: "He is not for sale unless someone comes in with an astronomical offer, which is the same with every club around the world." Monk added that he  has received no official approach from a club for Bony.

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