Saints are the loan arrangers

STEVE DE RIDDER

STEVE DE RIDDER

by Gordon Simpson , Senior Sports Reporter Updated on in Sport

There was no deadline day drama at Saints, as the January transfer window shut last night without further additions to the squad.

The only activity at St Mary’s before the clock struck 11pm involved four fringe players being loaned out.

New manager Mauricio Pochettino had said there was a possibility that some last-minute business could be conducted.

Instead, the club’s sole signing of the mid-season window proved to be Norwegian international centre back Vegard Forren, who joined from Molde for a fee of about £3.5m a fortnight ago.

With Forren’s capture bolstering the defence, and this week’s return of Adam Lallana from injury strengthening midfield, Saints monitored the market but did not feel in any desperate need to make late additions.

Instead, they used the final day of the window to trim their squad slightly.

Striker Jonathan Forte was sent out on loan for the remainder of the season to League One club Sheffield United, the club where he started his career.

The versatile Ben Reeves was also loaned out, joining League Two side Southend on an initial 28-day deal.

Reeves, 21, had made three sub appearances in the Premier League for Saints this season.

In the final two hours of the window, striker Lee Barnard moved to Oldham for the remainder of the campaign. He had previously been on loan to Bournemouth this season.

The last bit of business saw winger Steve De Ridder, 25, above, who has made four sub appearances in the league this term, join Championship outfit Bolton on a month-long deal.

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9:37am Fri 1 Feb 13 Puddletown Saint says…

Once again this makes sense. Not a NC fan but we now have eight players out on loan and off the pay roll. Other than Sharp none of them would make my 25 on previous thread. If they pay well we could pick up a few quid in the summer: Add if I miss anybody: Sharp - Forset 1.5M Hammond - BHA 250K Forecast - Gills 1K Hoskins - Stevenage 100K Forte - Sheff Utd 100K Dickson - Bradford 100K Seabourne - Cherries 100K Reeves - Southend 500K De Ridder - Bolton 1M

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9:42am Fri 1 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

The question is, is it for match experience or shop window, you chose?

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10:25am Fri 1 Feb 13 magnette says…

Are you suggesting the current management is a "Cowboy Outfit"?

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12:28pm Fri 1 Feb 13 Five Trophies Between Us says…

The stains are the "Lone Rangers" but their horse/ pony isnt called Champion - its called "Also Ran"

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1:25pm Fri 1 Feb 13 St. Case says…

Puddletown Saint wrote…

Once again this makes sense. Not a NC fan but we now have eight players out on loan and off the pay roll. Other than Sharp none of them would make my 25 on previous thread. If they pay well we could pick up a few quid in the summer: Add if I miss anybody: Sharp - Forset 1.5M Hammond - BHA 250K Forecast - Gills 1K Hoskins - Stevenage 100K Forte - Sheff Utd 100K Dickson - Bradford 100K Seabourne - Cherries 100K Reeves - Southend 500K De Ridder - Bolton 1M

Isn't Hoskins a rather big talent to keep for the future? Surely that one is to gain experience by playing games...

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1:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13 SO50 Saint says…

I'd add in Reeves to that aswell St Case. He's impressed me every time i've seen him play

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2:57pm Fri 1 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

The stains are the "Lone Rangers" but their horse/ pony isnt called Champion - its called "Also Ran"

From the supporters who suffer from period pains, every month another discharge.

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4:34pm Fri 1 Feb 13 grezzer says…

Puddletown Saint wrote…

Once again this makes sense. Not a NC fan but we now have eight players out on loan and off the pay roll. Other than Sharp none of them would make my 25 on previous thread. If they pay well we could pick up a few quid in the summer: Add if I miss anybody: Sharp - Forset 1.5M Hammond - BHA 250K Forecast - Gills 1K Hoskins - Stevenage 100K Forte - Sheff Utd 100K Dickson - Bradford 100K Seabourne - Cherries 100K Reeves - Southend 500K De Ridder - Bolton 1M

Hoskins has been laoned out of the development squad because he's good enough for first team football, as is Reeves who banged in 2 goals against Spurs U21's last week. Pay attention before you pass judgement on the youngsters! Reeve's is out of contract this summer and I think he more than merits a chance of getting in the 25! Never hurts to keep on youngsters who have a passion for the club.

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5:49pm Fri 1 Feb 13 OSPREYSAINT says…

I will be interesting to see what happens to the Elite Under 21 and 18 squads, some youngsters will have to step up and I suspect that will be good for them, I like the look of Ryan Seager, Matt Targett, Lloyd Isgrove, Calum Chambers among others, the future is bright.

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12:57am Sat 2 Feb 13 THEirishSAINT says…

OSPREYSAINT wrote…

The question is, is it for match experience or shop window, you chose?

Hope ben reeves comes back..looks a decent prospect..just looking for a decnt byer for steeeeeve.. Hes proven hes a championship player not p.l.. Imo

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9:52am Sat 2 Feb 13 kinkyboots09 says…

Five Trophies Between Us wrote…

The stains are the "Lone Rangers" but their horse/ pony isnt called Champion - its called "Also Ran"

Yours is KNACKERS YARD

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