Pochettino leaves door open for deadline day signings

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino

6:00am Thursday 31st January 2013 in Sport

Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out adding to his squad on transfer deadline day.

The new Saints boss has seen his team in action twice since taking over and had a close look at the players at his disposal on their trip to Spain.

Although it is clear that Saints are not going to be bringing in numerous new signings – to go with the one they have made, defender Vegard Forren – Pochettino refused to rule out the possibility of a player joining today.

But insisted the club hadn’t made any final decisions either way.

“Tomorrow we will make our final decisions,” he said last night after the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford.

“We are still deciding and making our final decisions.

“At this moment I can’t say what’s going to happen.”

The transfer window closes at 11pm tonight and after that Saints will have to go with what they have got for the remainder of the campaign with no loan window open, unlike in the Football League.

Pochettino, below, has already said he would be happy to continue with what he has got.

He will be staying with the team in the north west as they rest up ahead of the game at Wigan at the weekend.

But the Saints staff will be back at St Mary’s ready to spring into action if chairman Nicola Cortese and Pochettino decide to move for players.

It may well be that they are eyeing a couple but, as always with deadline day, their availability and affordability may hinge on moves by other clubs that so often spark a domino effect.

There has also been speculation linking some of the Saints fringe players with moves away from St Mary’s.

But the club are unlikely to want to let too many leave – especially if no new faces arrive by the time the window slams shut.

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6:21am Thu 31 Jan 13 Rising_Son says…

I don't think there is any urgent need to bring in players. The squad we have is good enough to stay up. Of course, a couple of decent new players would not go amiss either.

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6:43am Thu 31 Jan 13 Norwegian Saint says…

Since the addition of Forren and with Boruc playing well, I don't think we need to panic buy but I would like to see TaddyLee starting in front of J-Rod. Also, if (God help us) Rickie gets injured who will play up front? So, maybe a striker would be nice to see us over the finishing line (Defoe? or try Hooper again?)

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8:17am Thu 31 Jan 13 milton road says…

Think we need to bring in two quality players. Everyone is bringing in new players and rebuilding. Newcastle have bought in 4-5 players. QPR are doing the same. We have to be careful about standing still and thinking we are good enough to survive. We get no second chances in this division. We need to be more clinical in front of goal, We are creating so many opportunities and not finishing. Arsenal, Everton, Swansea, Norwich, Fulham home, should never walked away with a point. Yes there were goal keeping mistakes and an own goal I agree. My point is we should of been way ahead in those games, that those mistakes should not have mattered. We rarely score more than one goal these days. Like Ferguson's comment. Southampton were the best side to play at Old Trafford in the second half this season and United were lucky to win. Like Hoov he did great job last season, he has got 100% all over him. Unfortunately he was flat footed and ball watching for second goal, didn't pick up Rooney coming in behind him and he was free to do so. We need to convert our dominance in games to goals, so those mistakes are not so painful.. Buroc is showing his class now. MP showed he is not afraid to make substitutions and they were astute and helped change the whole complex of the game.

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8:18am Thu 31 Jan 13 Southampton boy says…

Not sure if we have what we need in depth! I thijnk with other teams messing up all around us I think we should be OK this season but I do believe we will need to rebuild over the next couple of season it we are going to look at top 6 place Unlucky last night but now we need win on Saturday so COYR's

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8:30am Thu 31 Jan 13 mbetts says…

Can see us bringing in a couple of unknown (to us) spanish players that Pochettino had in Spain. Doubt we'll get any English players in, or anyone that we're familiar with.

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8:32am Thu 31 Jan 13 Clever Dick says…

There is a lot to be said for team spirit and togetherness. Bringing in players is fine but they still need to be bonded together. We have that already and we have strengthened where we needed it most (Forren). Another good signing will be of interest but not essential. Come on NC pull one out of the hat for us.

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8:44am Thu 31 Jan 13 Sainty saint saint says…

I think, unfortunately for Fox, we really need another left back to cover for Shaw. I really don't think Fox is up to the job. He might still be useful as an emergency left midfielder, but defensive he is not!

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8:54am Thu 31 Jan 13 Strasbourg Saint says…

mbetts wrote…

Can see us bringing in a couple of unknown (to us) spanish players that Pochettino had in Spain. Doubt we'll get any English players in, or anyone that we're familiar with.

I've no idea, but tend to think, if we do sign anyone, you could be right. I wouldn't mind seeing a cheeky bid for Fer, who didn't end up at Everton yesterday. He's a holding midfielder, which would give us 4 great options (with Cork, Spiderman, JWP) and would be a step upwards on Chappers or Davis. Both decent players but not what we need if we're aiming for Europe next season. Perhaps more of a concern is the lack of movement OUT of SMS. We've some reasonable players who are not in the frame anymore. For their sakes, it would be good to see them SOLD (rather than loaned) to Championship clubs.

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9:01am Thu 31 Jan 13 Alicesdad says…

Boring day of speculation, guesswork and rumours ahead. Nothing will happen.

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9:08am Thu 31 Jan 13 50 Years A Supporter says…

This is a familiar story re Saints transfers but let's face it we do need a couple of good additions. Cover is woefully weak and without anyone new it will be a real struggle I believe!

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9:10am Thu 31 Jan 13 Clever Dick says…

Strasbourg Saint wrote…

mbetts wrote…

Can see us bringing in a couple of unknown (to us) spanish players that Pochettino had in Spain. Doubt we'll get any English players in, or anyone that we're familiar with.
I've no idea, but tend to think, if we do sign anyone, you could be right. I wouldn't mind seeing a cheeky bid for Fer, who didn't end up at Everton yesterday. He's a holding midfielder, which would give us 4 great options (with Cork, Spiderman, JWP) and would be a step upwards on Chappers or Davis. Both decent players but not what we need if we're aiming for Europe next season. Perhaps more of a concern is the lack of movement OUT of SMS. We've some reasonable players who are not in the frame anymore. For their sakes, it would be good to see them SOLD (rather than loaned) to Championship clubs.

Agree but we have the problem of shipping out players on wages most C/ship sides can't compete with. Can't blame them for holding out for a final few months on good money. It's the price we have to pay for being too big for any league bar the Prem. So most will simply see out their contracts and go for free. And at that price there are some very good players to be had for any side looking for promotion. Expect our Nige to snap up a couple when he gets a big C/ship club soon.

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9:11am Thu 31 Jan 13 only1chopper says…

Strasbourg Saint wrote…

mbetts wrote…

Can see us bringing in a couple of unknown (to us) spanish players that Pochettino had in Spain. Doubt we'll get any English players in, or anyone that we're familiar with.
I've no idea, but tend to think, if we do sign anyone, you could be right. I wouldn't mind seeing a cheeky bid for Fer, who didn't end up at Everton yesterday. He's a holding midfielder, which would give us 4 great options (with Cork, Spiderman, JWP) and would be a step upwards on Chappers or Davis. Both decent players but not what we need if we're aiming for Europe next season. Perhaps more of a concern is the lack of movement OUT of SMS. We've some reasonable players who are not in the frame anymore. For their sakes, it would be good to see them SOLD (rather than loaned) to Championship clubs.

I agree Strasbourg, I really feel a couple of outsiders need to be plying their trade elsewhere, even just to provide the spare cash for future players wages, we are like a bus, but no-one wants to get off! But I think the gaffer will want as many players at his disposal until the end of the season, then a mass exodus will happen, people going and coming like a revolving door, that is if and when we stay up. In terms of last night, I thought boruc played really well, we have found our number one keeper, and we rode our luck a bit in the first half, but second half, why simply outplayed them. After that display, I have a good feeling about the rest of the season.

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9:13am Thu 31 Jan 13 mike saint says…

If we dont sign anyone today I think we will be relegated. We need at least one defender and someone to score goals might help. Bring back Billy Sharp.

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9:13am Thu 31 Jan 13 Taoboy says…

Saints played great last night, Fergies comments not only kind but true. Finishing needs more sting. Fabulous mr Fox is not really a left back as he leaves us wide open down our left flank. Thought Nigel had sorted that one out. Big game Saturday, it could be Athletico Madrid or Bognor Regis , Three points is essential, The target is not to turn over the other team to get a win, it is to win to get three points, nothing personal. I thought wiggan played well at St Mary's although I think at this time in the season We have proved we can go anywhere and get a point. A win would be great. Come On You Saints.

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9:22am Thu 31 Jan 13 St Retford says…

I think the difference between us and United last night was the linesman. Seriously, he was magnificent for them and saved them two blatant penalties. Bearing in mind we won't be playing at Old Trafford every week I think we've got enough talent in the squad to comfortably finish mid-table. I doubt anything will happen today re transfers and I really don't care if it doesn't. We're decent.

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9:27am Thu 31 Jan 13 mbetts says…

I think Pochettino will want at least 1 or 2 of his own players though, and strength in depth is essential towards the end of the season.

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9:33am Thu 31 Jan 13 Meribelsaint says…

mike saint wrote…

If we dont sign anyone today I think we will be relegated. We need at least one defender and someone to score goals might help. Bring back Billy Sharp.

Did you watch the game last night? If we can play like that for the run in we'll finish closer to 8th than 18th. Agree that we could do with another striker, though I don't think we can re-call sharp sadly.

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9:49am Thu 31 Jan 13 Ross123 says…

Im not a rodriguez fan, he might of scored but also cost us the match last night by conceeding needless free kicks, another winger like dave merrington said would give me some confidence, as rodriquez cant play there, im not even keen on him up front. puncheon is hit and miss, and if gets injured theres no cover for him, de ridder isnt a prem player. agree?

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10:15am Thu 31 Jan 13 st bevois says…

milton road wrote…

Think we need to bring in two quality players. Everyone is bringing in new players and rebuilding. Newcastle have bought in 4-5 players. QPR are doing the same. We have to be careful about standing still and thinking we are good enough to survive. We get no second chances in this division. We need to be more clinical in front of goal, We are creating so many opportunities and not finishing. Arsenal, Everton, Swansea, Norwich, Fulham home, should never walked away with a point. Yes there were goal keeping mistakes and an own goal I agree. My point is we should of been way ahead in those games, that those mistakes should not have mattered. We rarely score more than one goal these days. Like Ferguson's comment. Southampton were the best side to play at Old Trafford in the second half this season and United were lucky to win. Like Hoov he did great job last season, he has got 100% all over him. Unfortunately he was flat footed and ball watching for second goal, didn't pick up Rooney coming in behind him and he was free to do so. We need to convert our dominance in games to goals, so those mistakes are not so painful.. Buroc is showing his class now. MP showed he is not afraid to make substitutions and they were astute and helped change the whole complex of the game.

Agree - we have a long list of what I would call 4-4-2 type strikers, the type to play off Lambert and not really the right type of player to suit the current formation. We still lack cover on the left, don't see too many coming in and don't think we need too many, just some extra genuine quality. First half was a bit lucky, defensively it was nearer the first 10 games than the last 10, but second half was brilliant - except for the shooting boots, or lack of them.

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10:19am Thu 31 Jan 13 Confucious says…

Strasbourg Saint wrote…

mbetts wrote…

Can see us bringing in a couple of unknown (to us) spanish players that Pochettino had in Spain. Doubt we'll get any English players in, or anyone that we're familiar with.
I've no idea, but tend to think, if we do sign anyone, you could be right. I wouldn't mind seeing a cheeky bid for Fer, who didn't end up at Everton yesterday. He's a holding midfielder, which would give us 4 great options (with Cork, Spiderman, JWP) and would be a step upwards on Chappers or Davis. Both decent players but not what we need if we're aiming for Europe next season. Perhaps more of a concern is the lack of movement OUT of SMS. We've some reasonable players who are not in the frame anymore. For their sakes, it would be good to see them SOLD (rather than loaned) to Championship clubs.

Heard some of the fans shouting for Fer during last night's match. If we can't get him, his brother Jack Kinnell is good, though of course no Prem experience.

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10:27am Thu 31 Jan 13 owen thesaints... says…

mike saint wrote…

If we dont sign anyone today I think we will be relegated. We need at least one defender and someone to score goals might help. Bring back Billy Sharp.

Get real! Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but come on we have been really good lately and for Fergie to say we were the best team to play against them at Old Traford this season and that they were lucky to hold on to the win says it all! We are not going down, keep the faith COYR

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10:33am Thu 31 Jan 13 Confucious says…

We should look to the lower leagues for talent rather than paying over the odds. There are some very good sounding players there. Chester Minit and Jay Walker are clearly both good holding players; Dick Tate can control the midfield and Justin Thyme would be good as an impact sub. Stay away from Celtic and their big money demands Mauricio - Hoover sucks.

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11:29am Thu 31 Jan 13 InCortesewetrust says…

Ross123 wrote…

Im not a rodriguez fan, he might of scored but also cost us the match last night by conceeding needless free kicks, another winger like dave merrington said would give me some confidence, as rodriquez cant play there, im not even keen on him up front. puncheon is hit and miss, and if gets injured theres no cover for him, de ridder isnt a prem player. agree?

Yes I concur, j rod was 5 million Over priced, he did take his goal well though, very bad buy thanx nige, de ridder is a half a game league 1 player, not very good at all,

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11:35am Thu 31 Jan 13 InCortesewetrust says…

Alicesdad wrote…

Boring day of speculation, guesswork and rumours ahead. Nothing will happen.

Cheer up, :'(, i think or hope we get at least one, you know how cortese likes to work, we may have already got a target, another striker hopefully,

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11:42am Thu 31 Jan 13 Ross123 says…

InCortesewetrust wrote…

Ross123 wrote…

Im not a rodriguez fan, he might of scored but also cost us the match last night by conceeding needless free kicks, another winger like dave merrington said would give me some confidence, as rodriquez cant play there, im not even keen on him up front. puncheon is hit and miss, and if gets injured theres no cover for him, de ridder isnt a prem player. agree?
Yes I concur, j rod was 5 million Over priced, he did take his goal well though, very bad buy thanx nige, de ridder is a half a game league 1 player, not very good at all,

glad you agree, I prefer sharpe than Rodriguez. Sharpes more of a natural goalscorer and much more of a threat. I never fancy j-rod to hit the target, his header last night was shocking. sharpe or lambert would of at least hit the target. i think we need at least 2 signings if we are serious about staying up this season. frustrating if we cant sign anyone! i thought this is why our new manager has come in! to attract more talent. not working so far! so far this is the same as adkins!

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12:13pm Thu 31 Jan 13 forever a saint says…

Would Dick Tate dictate the midfield hahaha.Rodriguez is not a premiership striker ( proved that last night ) i think we should bite the bullet & give Celtic an offer of £10 million for Hooper.He is a proven goalscorer,knows the league & would settle in quickly,IF SRL was to get injured we shall be stuffed for goals as no one else is as much a threat as him.SRL & Mr Hooper upfront would do our team the greatest amount of confidence as we would have 2 TARGET MEN & im sure they would be banging them in as they would compliment eachother COYS

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12:28pm Thu 31 Jan 13 Ross123 says…

forever a saint wrote…

Would Dick Tate dictate the midfield hahaha.Rodriguez is not a premiership striker ( proved that last night ) i think we should bite the bullet & give Celtic an offer of £10 million for Hooper.He is a proven goalscorer,knows the league & would settle in quickly,IF SRL was to get injured we shall be stuffed for goals as no one else is as much a threat as him.SRL & Mr Hooper upfront would do our team the greatest amount of confidence as we would have 2 TARGET MEN & im sure they would be banging them in as they would compliment eachother COYS

yep! defo need another natural finisher.

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12:30pm Thu 31 Jan 13 CharlieOxbridge says…

Does anybody think that Mauricio Pochettino look like a man with the same initials... Marian Pahars?

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1:02pm Thu 31 Jan 13 Chicago Saint says…

If MP/NC do not make a move to sign new players this transfer window and move "to the team to the next level", as NC stated, then WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF SACKING NA??? Makes no logical sense to me really. Still believe sacking NA was more an ego issue with NC rather than "perfect timing" to help the team. Losing Courtinho to Liverpool was painful as he looked to be a good possession player. So if we offered 10.2M and missed out on him, then why not make a similar offer to another big name that could control the game? I have read articles that Celtic's price demands for Hooper have reduced and they may lose him on a free this summer anyhow. Why not make another move for him now since we were already to pay 8M for him just a few months ago. Unfortunately I think JR was a waste of money this past summer. He just does not look up to par for the Premiership.

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1:50pm Thu 31 Jan 13 SaintyD says…

Hope MP brings in a marque signing today, seeing as he was obviously brought in over Adkins to attract Eurpoean tallent. Didnt work with Coutinho, which is begining to make me doubt NC judgment even more

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1:51pm Thu 31 Jan 13 rocketone says…

Jrod is learning, Ricky was a late developer and only made it to the Prem because he and Saints brought each other! My belief is that he is one those players, like Peter Beardsley, that strikers like beside them. Partnerships work for vague reasons and often neither knows why, they just do. If both strikers score each game we are in with a chance, if there is only one goalscorer and he is off or "off" in any game. Stuffed! We have 5 or 6 who can play attacking mid and it is them who need to up their scoring. Adam will definitely chip in with a couple as long as regains full fitness and keeps it. I have standing bet on Maya to score, he wants to and soon he will. We are going to have really interesting time for the rest of the season. You know it! We are Saints, we do not do it the easy way!

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1:57pm Thu 31 Jan 13 Ross123 says…

SaintyD wrote…

Hope MP brings in a marque signing today, seeing as he was obviously brought in over Adkins to attract Eurpoean tallent. Didnt work with Coutinho, which is begining to make me doubt NC judgment even more

here here. frustrating aint it

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4:17pm Thu 31 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

I'd actually be quite happy if we stuck with what we had - Adam is like a new signing for us after his long absence. If we do buy, fantastic, but the back line, much to my surprise, isn't looking too bad depth wise and Boruc looks the business in goal. Midfield is more than good enough and up front J-Rod is beginning to look the part too while I still wouldn't rule out Mayuka doing it for us. Cautiously optimistic, but would just love for MP to get those first three points in the bag come Saturday - only thing that can derail us is pressure/confidence as the squad and tactics are looking good to me, bar a bad injury crisis.

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4:21pm Thu 31 Jan 13 SaintJD says…

Ross123 wrote…

SaintyD wrote…

Hope MP brings in a marque signing today, seeing as he was obviously brought in over Adkins to attract Eurpoean tallent. Didnt work with Coutinho, which is begining to make me doubt NC judgment even more
here here. frustrating aint it

What's the obviously bit about? Not sure that's the sole reason he was brought in. Looking at it, MP seems to have a fair bit of tactical ability based on his first two games in charge. Making two subs at half time at Old Trafford and pushing for goals was brave and refreshing. For those first two performances and the way he's handled himself I hope MP gets a win on Saturday so that those who haven't yet moved on yet will start to believe in him.

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4:43pm Thu 31 Jan 13 SO50 Saint says…

Spot on SaintJD fed up of reading the rubbish about him becoming manager so we can get signings. Also agree with your bit about signings bar not scoring if anyone can be dissapointed with our second half performance last night they are clearly setting their sights too high

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4:45pm Thu 31 Jan 13 CB FRY LIVES says…

Norwegian Saint wrote…

Since the addition of Forren and with Boruc playing well, I don't think we need to panic buy but I would like to see TaddyLee starting in front of J-Rod. Also, if (God help us) Rickie gets injured who will play up front? So, maybe a striker would be nice to see us over the finishing line (Defoe? or try Hooper again?)

Zambia are out of the african cup so MAYUKA will be back soon.Maybe MP will give him a fair crack of the whip.like TAD LEE he never got much of a look in under Adkins this season. COYR

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10:41pm Thu 31 Jan 13 joelster says…

common, admit it- if we bought 1. A killer striker with pace and shot 2. A pass master ala Iniesta 3. A thunderous central defender who also can play either fullback position You'd all be positively freaking out and saying- "YES!!!!!" And so would I...

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5:30pm Fri 1 Feb 13 Malcy says…

Confucious with respect, if there were very good Players in the lower Divisions they would be snapped up quickly, Scouts are watching every game played in the Football League and get tips from all Coaches throughout Britain, in some cases recommended by a knowledgable supporter, every Club in Britain needs more money to survive and would be gratefull if a special Player was available, Saints have been lucky occasionally, Tony Funnell for example, I personally think Cortinho chose Liverpool because of, A there history, B position in the League, C well known world class Players playing at the moment, Saints have quality Players, most are young who could be International Players in the future but they are not abundent at the moment, another season in the Premier league will change all this, Saints are looking good and now need to put domination into goals and win COYR

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