Adkins expects busy end to month

Nigel Adkins is hopeful Southampton will be "very active" in the transfer market before the window closes.

Last Updated: 23/08/12 at 16:42 Post Comment

Nigel Adkins: Hoping to get deals wrapped up

Nigel Adkins: Hoping to get deals wrapped up

Nigel Adkins is hopeful that Southampton will be "very active" in the transfer market before the window closes next week.

The south coast club are back in the Premier League after a seven-year absence and have brought in four new faces so far this summer, including Jay Rodriguez, Steven Davis and Nathaniel Clyne.

Saints are hoping to make more additions before the transfer window closes and Press Association Sport understands Saints are currently in negotiations with Blackpool and Bologna over wingers Matt Phillips and Gaston Ramirez respectively.

The latter transfer has become rather farcical with claim and counter claim from different parties - something Adkins was keen to stay away from on Thursday.

"The way the summer period has gone, we've been linked with several players," he said when asked about the Uruguay international ahead of Southampton's clash with Wigan.

"I think it is fair to say if and when somebody signs then we'll announce it. Until then, everything is all speculation.

"He said, she said, they said - all that sort of stuff. I think if we can just concentrate on what we're doing with players, obviously this week is going to be a busy week for everybody."

Asked whether there was any update on Phillips or reported interest in Blackburn's Martin Olsson, Adkins added: "We'll concentrate on the Wigan game. It is going to be an intense week next week, I would have thought.

"I'd like to think we are going to be very active in the window because I know how hard people working behind the scenes here at Southampton.

"We want to improve and it is fair to say that now the transfer window is coming a bit of closer [to ending], more decisions are made.

"I have gone public saying we need to bring in another centre-half, if not two, so we'll see what the week brings."

Adkins would not give anything away in terms of the immediacy of any arrivals, smiling and saying "who knows?" when asked whether any would arrive in time for Saturday's clash with his former club Wigan.

The Saints boss played for the club as a goalkeeper and faces the Latics fresh from his side's spirited performance at champions Manchester City, where on Sunday they lost 3-2 after going ahead.

"We can take confidence and belief from that," Adkins said.

"We're back at St Mary's now and we do well here. We have done very well over the past two seasons.

"But like Sun Tzu in the Art of War, you never ever, ever underestimate your opposition.

"Wigan have done magnificently over the years.

"Roberto Martinez is a very intelligent manager, they play a very good way and they have survived in the Premier League against all the odds.

"It is a club I was at myself as a player so to see them in the Premier League consistently over the last several years is amazing and great credit should go to them.

"We're under no illusions. It will be a tough, tough game for us.

"Probably the Manchester City game you're not expecting us to get anything from.

"The game against Wigan Athletic, we've got to look to get the three points from."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

W

ell that really inspires me with confidence. No point in training, deciding on a coherent formation, or playing players in their best positions, let's just hope we get lucky.

mumbo_jimbo
Van Gaal: Luck is key

I

believe this is because for sepp Christmas is a 7 day feast finishing on the 25th

hiya
Blatter calls for early final

F

alcao really needs to shine now. Apparently according to the stats, he scores more when played up front alone. I wonder if Van Gaal will actually apply a formation to get the best out of him though.

anthracyte
Van Persie lay-off expected

Footer 365

John Terry targets more Chelsea trophies after Capital One Cup success

John Terry says Chelsea's "massive" Capital One Cup final win over Tottenham could be the start of something special.

Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-0 to secure Capital One Cup success

Chelsea secured the first major trophy of the season after beating Tottenham 2-0 in the Capital One Cup final at Wembley.

Ronny Deila refuses to think of title after Celtic beat Aberdeen to extend lead

Ronny Deila warned against complacency after Celtic moved six points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.

Mail Box

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

Rodgers Is More Of A Paisley Than A Rafa

Most Liverpool fans in the Mailbox are claiming to be pleased to see the back of the Europa League. Plus merging the Europa and Champions League, and winter WC...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company