English Premiership

Hughes: Saints must sell before buying

2018-07-23 12:50
Mark Hughes (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Southampton manager Mark Hughes admits the club would need to offload players before they are able to pursue new signings during the current transfer window.

The Saints have thus far brought in Stuart Armstrong, Mohamed Elyounoussi and Jannik Vestergaartd for £41 million in total, while Dusan Tadic was sold to Ajax for £15 million. Angus Gunn has also joined arrived from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

The team from the south coast may need to bring in more fresh faces to strengthen their squad after a disappointing 2017/18 campaign that saw them barely avoid relegation, but Hughes says they don't have the finances to do so.

Speaking to the Southern Daily Echo, he said: "We will probably have to sell or allow players to go out of the club if we're likely to bring anybody in now I would think.

"We've done OK. We have done early business which we are pleased about but you are always on the lookout.

"We've still got a couple of weeks before the start of the season and things present themselves as we know. We have to be ready if we are able to get in the right type of player who can help us."


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