After gaining promotion last year, Southampton managed to avoid relegation for their first year in the Premier League by five points. However, during the transfer window they have made some smart additions as they look to push on.
Southampton are known for their great youth system which has nurtured the likes of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott and even £85million rated Gareth Bale.
This season's breakout Southampton youth player was Luke Shaw, who rightly has been compared to Gareth Bale. He has great pace and makes bursting runs from the full-back position, earning Chelsea's and Manchester United's interest.
Shaw signed a five-year deal with Saints removing any possibility of a move at this time.
After gaining promotion last year the Saints beat Liverpool to hot prospect, Gaston Ramirez, for around £13million - who has been dubbed to become a future Uruguay star.
Since his move 12 months ago, Ramirez has scored five goals.
Saints also signed Nathaniel Clyne from Crystal Palace that year and the 22-year-old right-back impressed in the Premier League and looks to be a great acquisition for the south coast club.
In this seasons transfer window Southampton have added more signings linked with big English clubs.
Victor Wanyama was linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea from Celtic but it was Southampton who got his signature for £12.5million. He is a powerful holding midfielder and impressed in the Scottish Premier League, earning his move to England.
Southampton have also added 24 year old Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren from Lyon for a fee believed to be in the region of £6.8million. Lovren had also been linked with AC and Inter Milan as well as Liverpool.
They have also admitted interest in top players Ever Banega who plays for Valencia and Leandro Damiao who plays for Internacional.
The players at Southampton give them a solid spine to which to build from, and they still hold serious ambition in the transfer market, something lacking in other teams.
The Saints have been smart in their buys and look set to break into the top half of the Premier League table in 2013/14.
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