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Southampton forward braced for imminent exit this month

Graziano PelleThe Southampton supporting punters here in the Transfer Tavern were rejoicing on Saturday lunchtime after their club announced the arrival of striker Charlie Austin from Queens Park Rangers in a deal worth £4 million.

Talk since then has turned to who might make way for Austin to squeeze into the side, with Shane Long heavily linked to Liverpool and Spurs in recent weeks.

One Saints die-hard is checking for a text from his drinking partner when he spots a notification from the ESPN website and the link takes him to an article that suggests Italian striker Graziano Pelle could actually be the player to leave St. Mary’s Stadium instead.

Pelle has struggles to replicate last season’s form this time around and it is thought that boss Ronald Koeman could choose to sell the 30-year-old this January.

Our knowledgeable landlord thinks the Saints would be crazy to sell Pelle and can picture a formidable partnership between the Italian and Austin in the future.

Southampton fans… Which striker would you choose to sell? Let us know in the comments below!

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