Koeman keen for 'difficult' transfer window to end

The Saints have sold a number of players this summer, including Adam Lallana and Calum Chambers, and the St Mary's manager is keen for the transfer window to close
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is keen for the club's "difficult" transfer window to conclude on Monday.

The Saints have been ravaged by a spate of sales that has seen the likes of Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren, Calum Chambers and Rickie Lambert leave the club.

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And while Koeman has been able to bring in some of his own players, Southampton appear weaker than they were last season as they recorded an eighth-placed finish.

When asked how he viewed the transfer window, Koeman responded on Thursday with: "Difficult because we lost five, six good players. First-team players.

"It's always difficult to bring new ones in. You don't have [much] time.

"We start the league already with two games. It was difficult [integrating players] but we knew that.

"I think the best is when we pass September 1 and everyone can see the squad and then you can really start the season."

Gaston Ramirez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Jack Cork have been linked with moves away from St Mary's, but Koeman insists that further departures are unlikely.

"Our squad is too small to think about players [going] out of the squad," he added.

"We have to bring in and not let players out. There's a lot of rumours about Jack as well. He's still a player of Southampton and he will stay."

Koeman, who is still hopeful of adding to his squad before Monday's deadline, believes that a reported move for Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is "not realistic", but he remains keen on Tottenham winger Andros Townsend.

"It's difficult because it's [Townsend] one of the players on our list. It's very difficult but I don't expect good news on that," he said.

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