Southampton to turn to Arsenal as they look to solve goalkeeping dilemma

Ronald Koeman has identified Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny as an ideal short-term replacement for injured goalkeeper Fraser Forster, according to the Sun.

Forster is currently recovering from a knee injury that looks set to keep him out for the whole of 2015 and Southampton will need to find a replacement until he is fit.

Szczesny is a target due to losing his starting spot to David Ospina at Arsenal earlier this year. Coincidently, Szczesny’s last start in the Premier League was against Saints on New Year’s Day.

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It seems that Szczesny would be open to the move too after only starting 17 times this term and there is no guarantee he’ll get any more regular action next year.

Any move would be a loan move as Southampton see Fraser Forster as their long-term goalkeeper, and it looks like it could be a move that benefits both sides.

Should Wojciech Szczesny be allowed to leave Arsenal, and if so, is he a worthy replacement for Fraser Forster?

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United dealt HUGE blow as transfer target is set to stay put

Manchester United are looking likely to suffer a setback in their attempts to sign Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne as the defender is set to sign a new deal, according to The Independent.

United have been linked with Clyne for some time now and were favourites to sign the 24-year-old right-back who has just one year left on his current Saints contract.

Louis Van Gaal has not trusted his Brazilian full-back, Rafael, and has opted to play Antonio Valencia for the majority of the season. It now looks like United’s hunt for a top-class right-back is set to continue, with Barcelona’s Dani Alves another name linked.

Clyne has found his footing in the England national side and as a result has attracted attention from the Premier League’s top clubs.

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Southampton will be desperate to keep hold of their stars at the end of the season after last summer’s raid which saw them lose many first team players, including left-back, Luke Shaw to United.

The appeal of Champions League action may sway Clyne in to wanting a move to the Red Devils but it seems likely a move is now off the cards, with Southampton’s chief executive Les Reed confident he will stay on the south coast.

“With Clyney it’s been the same as with Jay [Rodriguez], we’ve been talking for quite a while,” Reed told the club’s official website.

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“Ronald made a comment that there was a deadline. That deadline was more about getting a response, and that issue has been solved by the fact Nathaniel has changed his agent. We got an immediate response from his new agent.

“That’s not our business, but there was something there slowing things down. That’s all accelerated, I’m in discussions with his agent and those have been very positive.

“We’re at a very good place at the moment in terms of discussions going on and I’m confident again that we will have a resolution to that sooner rather than later,” Reed concluded.

Will Nathaniel Clyne stay at Southampton? Is he the right-back United desperately need?

Arsenal to let Wilshere go to fund £27m move for Premier League star – report

Arsenal are willing to let England international Jack Wilshere leave the club this summer to fund a move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, according to the Daily Mail.

Wilshere has struggled with injuries again this season, making just nine Premier League appearances, and could be on his way out of the Emirates with Manchester City keen on a move.

City want to revamp their ageing midfield this summer and have lined up Wilshere as an ideal acquisition, along with Ross Barkley and Jordan Henderson.

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The 23-year-old midfielder joined the Arsenal academy in 2001 and has been at the club for 14 years, but would struggle to force his way back into the current team, and so a big-money move could come at the right time for the Gunners.

The sale of Wilshere would free up a move for Southampton star Morgan Schneiderlin, who is looking likely to depart this summer if the Saints fail to qualify for the Champions League.

Schneiderlin was a target of both Arsenal and Spurs last year, and although the Saints were able to hold on to the defensive midfield enforcer for the season, a bid in excess of £27 million could be enough to sign the French international this time around.

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Arsene Wenger has long needed a solid holding midfielder to strengthen the Arsenal team and Schneiderlin could be the ideal candidate, especially given his Premier League experience.

The 25 year old has made 24 league appearances this campaign, scoring three goals with one assist and could be replacing Wilshere in the Gunners’ side next season.

Would Morgan Schneiderlin be a good replacement for Jack Wilshere at Arsenal?

Lazio’s Cristian Ledesma targeted by Southampton and two MLS clubs

Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma is being tracked by Southampton, Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls, according to Italian publication Gazzetta Dello Sport.

Ledesma is out of contract with the Serie A club in the summer and he is not set to renew his current deal with the team he has been with for the past nine seasons.

He will therefore be able to move on for free and can negotiate a pre-contract agreement with any interested parties now.

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Premier League club Southampton are reportedly interested in the Argentine-born Italian international but the Montreal Impact and the New York Red Bulls have both made approaches for the 32-year-old midfield veteran.

Fiorentina and Bologna are also linked as Ledesma looks to be a player in demand.

He has only made ten appearances in all competitions for Lazio this season, scoring one goal and adding one assist but he has made 312 total appearances for the Rome-based club since joining from Lecce in 2006.

A move to MLS looks to be a real option and Montreal will hope that their history of capturing Italians from Serie A could help them to lure Ledesma to Canada.

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The Impact brought Alessandro Nesta and Marco Di Vaio to Major League Soccer in 2012 and would be willing to bolster their midfield with the addition of Ledesma this summer.

But the New York Red Bulls are also be keen, having lost Tim Cahill, and they have money to spend as well as two Designated Player slots to fill following the departures of Cahill and Thierry Henry this offseason.

Ledesma is thought to be keen on a new challenge outside of Italy and he could well be the latest name to join MLS in 2015, though interest from Southampton could be a key factor.

Should Cristian Ledesma make the move to MLS?