Southampton supporters have been somewhat downbeat in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days, what with their side only drawing 1-1 at home to fellow Premier League strugglers Brighton on Wednesday, alongside the disappointment of a failed deal for Quincy Promes.
Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash with their South Coast rivals having failed to win any of their preceding 11 league matches, with their tally of just six points from a possible 33 seeing them slip into the division’s bottom three. And they remain inside the relegation zone after only drawing with Chris Hughton’s Seagulls on Wednesday, with Jack Stephens’ second half effort cancelling out Glenn Murray’s penalty in the first period to clinch a point for the Saints.
And with a deal for Spartak Moscow winger Promes failing to materialise on deadline day, there are many frustrated and angry Southampton fans in the Tavern at present, although their January blow may be softened by a recent report from The Daily Mail.
And that’s because they report that although the club missed out on Promes last month, they remain ‘hopeful’ of securing a deal for the Netherlands international in the summer.
The 26-year-old has scored an impressive 58 goals in just 115 games for the Russian outfit since moving there back in 2014, including 15 in 25 appearances so far this term, as well as 12 last season to help them to the domestic league title.
As such, Southampton were reportedly keen on bringing him to St Mary’s to aid with their battle to avoid Premier League relegation, but were unable to get a deal over the line in January, yet they are unlikely to be deterred as reports suggest that they are ‘hopeful’ that Promes will make the move to the club in the future.
And while this doesn’t help the Saints in their battle against the drop, the news may somewhat soften the blow dealt by their side’s inability to get a January deal done for the 26-year-old.
Landlord’s verdict: Quincy Promes was a player Southampton seemingly wanted at St Mary’s for the second half of the season, yet the January deadline passed with no deal in place for the Spartak Moscow forward.
And while that is sure to trigger much frustration among Saints fans, the blow may have been softened somewhat as reports suggest that the club remain ‘hopeful’ and indeed ‘confident’ that the 26-year-old will join the club in the near future.
Nevertheless, that doesn’t help Mauricio Pellegrino’s side in their quest to avoid Premier League relegation this term, and were they to indeed succumb and fall into the Championship, Promes is highly unlikely to desire a move to St Mary’s come the summer.
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