'We will see' - Hasenhuttl smiles through response to transfer speculation

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Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (Pic: SFC stream)
Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (Pic: SFC stream)

RALPH Hasenhuttl smiled as he responded “we will see” to questions whether Saints are close to completing any more transfers.

The Austrian was coy on the chance of a seventh summer signing, with reports linking the club to a £25million deal for Benfica striker Goncalo Ramos.

Hasenhuttl has been open about the hunt for another forward and some full-back cover, while admitting he expects a busy end to the window across all clubs in the league.

While it is unlikely Saints will have another new face in the door to play Leicester City in the third match of the Premier League season, the influx of reports suggest things are getting closer.

Hasenhuttl was asked directly if this was the case, and smirked back: “We will see.”

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All of the reports have linked Saints to more talent 21-years-old and younger, and the boss explained why it is “tough” for the club to pursue proven targets that will improve the side.

“It’s always possible but it’s tough because players that have shown up somewhere else are very, very expensive,” he said.

“For us, this is tough to get. But it is not about young or old, we need players that give us the potential to get better and this is very often based on young ones.

“We are very happy with what we have signed so far this season. We give them the chance to play here and they show immediately the impact they have made.”

Of the six summer additions made so far, only Joe Aribo, who arrived at Saints from Rangers last month, and back-up goalkeeper Mateusz Lis have been older than 20.

Romeo Lavia, 18, Gavin Bazunu, 20 and most recently Sekou Mara, 20, have all shown glimpses or more of what they hope to offer Saints for the next half-decade.

“We have played only two games so far and we can see there is still a lot of things for them to learn, but for us it is important to see the potential,” Hasenhuttl said.

“I think the potential everyone can see, and it is up to us to make them better.”

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