Southampton sign Shane Long and Florin Gardos for combined £18m
Southampton have taken a large step towards rebuilding after a summer of upheaval by confirming the signings of the striker Shane Long and the central defender Florin Gardos for a combined buy canada goose jacket ebay fee which could rise to £18m.
They may also be joined by the England winger Andros Townsend as Ronald Koeman seeks to make up for the departures of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert. However, Jay Rodriguez is wanted by his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino, now at Tottenham.
Long, who joined Hull from West Brom only in January for £6m, has seen his value double in the space of seven months despite scoring just four Premier League goals for Steve Bruce’s side, while Gardos makes the move from the Romanian champions, Steaua Bucharest.
Both have signed four-year deals with Southampton, who have already added Dusan Tadic, Fraser Forster and Saphir Taider, and Ryan Bertrand on loan in this transfer window.
“Shane is a very good player. As a striker, he’s different to Graziano Pellè, which is something we needed,” Koeman said. “He brings ambition and a great mentality. He’s always running and always working, and he’s very down-to-earth. He’s canada goose coat 1000 calorie meal plans a great person, and we need that type of player.”
Despite buy canada goose jacket edmonton assurances from Pochettino on Thursday that Townsend has a future at White Hart Lane, it is understood that Tottenham are willing to consider selling him average price for a canada goose jacket and could allow the 23-year-old to depart if it means they can bring in Rodriguez, who can play in a variety of forward positions. With the former Burnley striker still recovering from a knee injury that buying canada goose jacket online ruled him out of the World Cup and not expected to play until at least the end of September, Koeman may decide to cash in.
The Saints manager has also been linked with a move for Ron Vlaar from Aston Villa. But it remains to be seen whether he presses ahead with a deal for a player he coached at Feyenoord having signed Gardos and buy a canada goose jacket rewarded the Portuguese central defender José Fonte with a new deal.
“To be fair to Ron, he has not come to us or anything,” said the Villa manager, Paul Lambert on Thursday. “We have had little chats here and there, but I think his main concern was getting back after the World Cup, getting fit and hopefully being ready for Saturday.”
Asked if he believes Vlaar will remain loyal to Villa, Lambert said: “I don’t know. I’m not sure there is loyalty in football any more. So canada goose coat 1000 calorie diets we’ll have to wait and see.”
Gardos, who has 12 caps for Romania, has become Koeman’s seventh signing. “I am very happy to have Florin here click canada goose,” he said. “He’s still a young player so he can develop himself a lot more, and that’s part of the ambition of Southampton.
“From the beginning, after [Dejan] Lovren left, we paid a lot of attention to buy canada goose jacket cheap Florin. Everybody knows the big names and the big players but it’s always more difficult to find one who’s not so well known. The information the club has given to me about him has been very good. We have a very good central defender.”
Gardos said: “This is one of the happiest days of my life. It’s the biggest step of my career. Coming to the Premier League is a very big buy canada goose jacket ebay occasion for me, and Southampton was a best canada goose jacket review team that had a really good last season so this wasn’t really a hard decision.
“I’ve had a very good first impression of the club. There’s a very big difference between what I had back home and what is here. I’ve always said that coming to Premier League would be a dream come true, and luckily I’ve been able to achieve that dream.”