Not only have they lost nearly all their best players but Saints boss Ronald Koeman is struggling to bring in new faces and adequate reinforcements to the club.
And according to the Daily Star, Aston Villa are going to offer defender Ron Vlaar a new deal so that the Saints miss out on the Dutchman who performed so admirably at the World Cup.
The West Midlands club are desperate to keep Vlaar out of the clutches of Southampton who are armed with a monumental transfer budget after selling a string of their top stars.
New Saints boss Ronald Koeman believes that Vlaar will be the perfect replacement for Croatian international Dejan Lovren who left the club in favour of a move to title chasing Liverpool on Sunday.
Randy Lerner is reluctant to invest more money into the club as he continues to look for a buyer for the club.
But the American understands that Vlaar is a key man for the Villains and is preparing a £45,000-a-week four-year contract.
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