Transfer News Today: Mass exodus at Southampton as chairman resigns?

Today’s roundup has as many as six Southampton players looking to leave, another midfielder linked with Manchester United, a forward returning to England and Hull agreeing a fee for a forward

Forum chatter

Several of Southampton’s star players now want to leave after the resignation of chairman Nicola Cortese and potential departure of manager Mauricio Pochettino. Luke Shaw is a target for Chelsea, Rickie Lambert interests West Ham, and Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez, Morgan Schneiderlin and Dejan Lovren all want out.

Why it will happen: Pochettino has previously stated that he’ll leave if Cortese does, and with the popular Argentinean on the way out then the players will sense a chance to earn big moves.

Why it won’t happen: The Saints will drive hard bargains for their star men, and whilst moves could be likely in the summer for plenty of them, it would be a surprise if all or most moved now.

Tabloid speculation

Borussia Dortmund’s star midfielder Ilkay Gundogan will choose between Manchester United and Real Madrid when he decides to leave Germany in the summer.

Why it will happen: The eventual departure of Robert Lewandowski is the clearest signal yet that the Dortmund side is breaking up, and Gundogan could revolutionise a United midfield in dire need of attention.

Why it won’t happen: Old Trafford hardly seems the most desirable of locations at the moment, whilst with Xabi Alonso signing a new contract at Real Madrid his chances in the Spanish capital could be limited.

Tug of war

West Ham and Stoke are fighting it out for the signature of the former Sunderland forward Asamoah Gyan on loan from UAE club Al Ain for the rest of the season.

Why it will happen: Gyan wants game time ahead of leading Ghana’s World Cup campaign in the summer, and the Hammers could do with an extra forward. With Kenwyne Jones seemingly on the way out at Stoke too, the interest is understandable.

Why it won’t happen: The forward earns a staggering £140,000 a week at Al Ain – the key reason behind his surprise move there from Sunderland in 2012 – and so even just subsidising those wages is a tough ask.

The price is right

Just a day after signing Nikica Jelavic from Everton, Hull City have showcased their ambition by agreeing a £7m fee with West Bromwich Albion for their 26-year-old forward Shane Long.

The Irishman came close to a move to the KC Stadium on the last transfer deadline day, but is now set to complete his move before the Tigers travel to Norwich on Saturday.

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