Southampton manager Ronald Koeman confirmed that new signings were just around the corner at St. Mary's after Friday nights 1-0 victory over local rivals Bournemouth.
The Dutchman also asked for patience as he hunts for the right players to improve his squad which at the moment seems rather thin after several notable departures.
With Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama yet to return for pre-season training, Koeman's squad has been completed by members of the youth academy in the last few weeks due to the World Cup, but it seems that is about to change.
When questioned on his dealings in the transfer market, Koeman was understandably cautious but clearly wanted to give the Southampton faithful some good news after weeks of unrest with several key players being allowed to leave.
The Dutch legend confirmed that the right people were working hard behind the scenes to get the deals completed and that they hoped to have them completed sooner rather than later.
"We are working very hard for that to bring some players in, and we are very close to doing that. We need to be quiet and patient but we are well prepared for doing that.” he told the club's official website.
Despite the obvious need to improve and strengthen ahead of the Premier League opener against Liverpool, Koeman did confirm that he was happy with the performances of a number of Southampton's academy members in the first team during the recent weeks, and that the team kept another clean sheet along the way.
“In pre-season there are some players a little bit more in the spotlight than others, but if you look to the left side of the team with Matthew Targett and Lloyd Isgrove they were two of our youngest and they played very well today.
"We played with the best team that we have at this moment and that’s OK. There were more minutes for the players, no injuries and a clean sheet against a good opponent.” he added.
With the Liverpool game just three weeks away, Koeman will know that he is now in somewhat of a hurry to get some of the more vital signings over the line before the next friendly at Brighton on Thursday night.
That would leave him with two games for the new signings to be bedded into the style of play and integrated with their new teammates before they open their Premier League campaign.
His comments seem to lead towards that conclusion, and with a dark cloud hanging over St. Mary's right now, a few marquee signings would be a huge boost to the loyal fanbase.
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