Ramirez prospect excites Adkins
The Uruguayan 21-year-old has been the subject of speculation
this summer after impressing in Serie A with Bologna.
Inter Milan, Liverpool and Tottenham were mooted as potential
destinations for Ramirez, although it is understood a move to the
Premier League new boys could be completed this weekend.
It is understood that Saints have agreed a fee with Bologna for
the winger – reported to be ?11.8million – and Ramirez has revealed
he is close to penning a four-year deal at St Mary’s.
“It looks exciting, doesn’t it?” Adkins said, speaking ahead of
Sunday’s season opener at Manchester City.
“I think he has come out in Italy and said it is already sorted,
but I think you’ll find the policy of the football club is until
the player has signed on the dotted line and we announce it then
really we try to do everything privately.
“We have been consistent with that over the years and we’ll
probably stay that way.
“If it is true, then it obviously shows the ambition of the
“I know the chairman, Nicola Cortese, is very ambitious here and
it is great.
“We were in administration a few years ago and we’ve come a hell
of a long way in a very short space of time.
“To be linked with players as such – and don’t forget we broke
the (club) transfer record in the summer when we signed Jay
Rodriguez – shows we’re very ambitious, but likewise we’ll cut our
“Having been in administration once, the last thing we’ll do is
end up in that situation again.
“The club is run very well, very prudently.
“But we’re very, very ambitious and having reached the Premier
League now, very quickly, we’ve got to give ourselves an
opportunity to do well there.”
Another wideman Adkins is interested in is Blackpool’s Matt
Phillips, and it is understood Southampton have made a ?6million
The 21-year-old has impressed for the Tangerines, whose manager
Ian Holloway last weekend pledged to report an unidentified club he
claimed made an illegal approach for the winger.
Some reports named Southampton as the team in question, forcing
Adkins to deny such a move – a stance he kept today.
“We’ve been linked before with players and it came out last week
because Blackpool were obviously weren’t happy with something,” he
“I probably think it’s best that I don’t make any further
comments on that, while people are doing it.
“I’d like to think we do things properly here at Southampton and
I made a comment last week about it and I think if you need to take
anything you can take it from that.”
One deal that does seem to be dead is that for Vitesse Arnhem’s
The Dutch left-back had looked set for a move to St Mary’s
earlier in the summer, but the transfer stalled and Adkins has
suggested he is no longer required.
Bologna president Albano Guaraldi today expressed his
frustration as he
insisted the deal for Ramirez was still some way from being
The wages on offer to Ramirez are reportedly far above what he
earns in Italy,
but Guaraldi insists that will not affect Bologna’s
“Ramirez can say whatever he wants and I know he is very angry
situation,” Guaraldi told the Corriere di Bologna.
“But I am the president of Bologna, and if the deal is only
two parties out of three and the third is me, it won’t be
“The conditions proposed by the British (Southampton) did not
satisfy me: they must either change or Ramirez will remain a