3 Transfers Southampton Should Try To Complete This Month To Break Into Europe

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3 – Sell Cuco Martina

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The former FC Twente right back joined Southampton on a permanent deal worth £2 million back in January 2016 but always looked like nothing more than a backup to Cédric Soares, also acquired in the off-season from Sporting.

The Portuguese right back’s success at Euro 2016 is sure to add to the favouritism already surrounding him at the St. Mary’s Stadium, meanwhile Puel has taken the opportunity to put his own stamp on the squad by signing Pied on a free transfer, whom he worked with in his time with Ligue 1 club OGC Nice.

Meanwhile Pied’s arrival offers further competition for the position Cédric has often made his own, the shrewd piece of business conducted by Puel could be the clearest indication yet that Cuco Martina’s short-lived career in the south coast is to come to an end.

The Curacao international has been linked with a move to Everton, currently short of bodies in defence. Former Saints boss Ronald Koeman has already taken the opportunity to bring ex-Southampton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg with him to Goodison Park, therefore a move for Martina could soon be on the agenda.