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Saints say move makes Shaw 'most expensive teenager ever'

Saints say Shaw will 'carry forward our top-class pedigree' as his completes his move to Manchester United.

Southampton Football Club released a statement on their website this afternoon.

While we are sad to see Luke depart the club, we fought to ensure that we got the right deal for a player in whom we have invested a great deal of work over the past decade. Luke joined us at the age of eight, and our academy staff and coaches have helped him to progress into a top-class player. He will leave our club and carry forward our top-class pedigree, as others have done before. This deal is a good one for Southampton Football Club, and hopefully sends a clear message to other clubs wishing to bid for our players.”

– Executive Director Les Reed

Saints confirm Luke Shaw departure and promise to reinvest transfer fee



Southampton FC reveal fixture list for 2014/15

The latest fixture list for Southampton Football Club has been released.

The first match of the 2014/15 season for the Premiership Club is away to Liverpool on Saturday 16th August.

Their first home game will be on Saturday 23rd August to West Bromwich Albion.

The team will also be away to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

The last game of the season will be away to Manchester City on Sunday 24th May 2015.

St Mary's Stadium Credit: Clive Gee/EMPICS Sport

"Multiple offers" made for Saints squad members

Southampton Football Club has confirmed it has received "multiple offers" for some of its players in recent weeks. It described the bids as "confirmation of the depth of the development that is ongoing in our academy and of the present standing of our first team within the Premier League."

But it said it not need to accept any offers that had been made for transferring players - with the exception of Rickie Lambert.

We are staying true to our plan and vision and, as a result, we have no need to accept any offers. We are deep in the process of appointing a new manager who will continue to move our club forward. It remains our preference not to partake in any transfers until the new manager is in place. Our scouting & recruitment department continues to monitor targets we have identified to improve our squad, and the new manager will have final input into our recruitment process."

– Southampton FC statement

Regarding Rickie Lambert's transfer to Liverpool, the club said it was the right move for the player and for the club.

There may be circumstances under which the club will feel it is right for a player to move on. Those circumstances have to be right for the club and the player. This is the case with Rickie’s move to Liverpool.

When Rickie Lambert requested to leave for Liverpool, the club felt it could not stand in the way of having him fulfil his boyhood dream of playing at home. It will be a big challenge to replace him and our intention is to source a quality replacement who will fill his shoes now but also for many years to come."

– Southampton FC statement
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