Southampton: Sport Republic tipped to make 'big changes' at St Mary's

Southampton investor Dragan Solak in the stands

Southampton owners Sport Republic ‘need to make quite a few changes’ on the pitch and behind the scenes at St Mary’s, according to journalist Pete O’Rourke.

Sport Republic, led by Dragan Solak, completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in Saints during the early days of 2022.

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Following Sport Republic’s big-money takeover, Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens claimed the alteration behind the scenes was the ‘perfect solution’ after two years of searching for a new investor.

However, things have not gone to plan on the pitch as Saints are now just six points clear of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The south coast club have slipped down the table thanks to a wretched run of form which has seen them suffer four defeats in their last five outings ahead of visiting Leicester City on the final day of the campaign this weekend.

Southampton’s problems in front of goal is emphasised by the fact James Ward-Prowse, a central midfielder, is their top scorer this season.

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has revealed that Sport Republic will allow him to move quicker on transfer targets in the upcoming summer window, but Semmens has warned it does not necessarily mean the club will be able to spend considerable sums on arrivals.

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O’Rourke believes Sport Republic will be excited ahead of the summer transfer window opening for business next month.

The journalist feels this season’s performances have shown Southampton need to add reinforcements.

O’Rourke told GIVEMESPORT: “Obviously, the new ownership at Southampton will be looking forward to their first transfer window at the club this summer.

“I think they do need to make quite a few changes to the staff and the squad because it has maybe not been strong enough this season. They need more depth in that squad.”

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It seems Fiorentina’s Bartlomiej Dragowski is in line to become Southampton’s first summer signing as Polish journalist Tomasz Wlodarczyk has revealed the goalkeeper has turned down offers from Spain in order to head to St Mary’s.

While Dragowski would offer Hasenhuttl an alternative option between the sticks, the Austrian is also looking for reinforcements in attack and Manchester City striker Liam Delap could join Saints on loan.

Meanwhile, Southampton are understood to be monitoring Stuttgart frontman Sasa Kalajdzic, who is set to enter the final year of his contract, ahead of potentially lodging a bid.

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