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Southampton boss could miss first match through injury

Ronald Koeman ruptured his Achilles. Credit: PA

Southampton will find out on Friday whether their Premier League campaign will start without manager Ronald Koeman on the sidelines.

The Saints boss ruptured his Achilles in training on the eve of Southampton's victory over Vitesse in the Europa League, meaning he took to his place on the bench with crutches and his foot in a protective boot.

Assistant manager Erwin Koeman did the post-match media activities as a result and suggested his brother may not be able to travel to Sunday's league opener against Newcastle.

"He knows he has already some problems with his Achilles and if you are involved in a training sessions then s*** can happen like what happened," he said.

"Okay, we will hear (today) what happened and we will hear (today) if he is on Sunday on the bench or not.

"(This) morning he goes to hospital and then they will decide what to do."

QPR's Caulker set to join Southampton on loan

Caulker is heading to Southampton. Credit: PA

Southampton are set to complete the loan signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker, acoording to Press Association Sport.

Toby Alderweireld's decision to join Tottenham and a serious knee injury sustained by Florin Gardos has heightened the need to bring in defensive reinforcements at St Mary's.

Saints manager Ronald Koeman has spoken of his wish to acquire at least one more centre-back, as well as add some extra height in defence - a role it appears Caulker will now help fill.

Signed by QPR last summer, the 23-year-old is again on the move with a loan deal at St Mary's close to completion.

Reports suggest Caulker will move with a view to an £8million permanent transfer - the amount QPR paid to bring him in from Cardiff last year.

The centre-back will be looking to avoid a third straight relegation from the Premier League at Saints and to add to his sole England cap won three years ago.


Koeman says Man United offer 'wasn't serious'

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has told Manchester United they will need to improve on their initial offer for Morgan Schneiderlin if they want to sign the French midfielder this summer.

Koeman insists Man United will have to improve their offer. Credit: PA

Koeman confirmed the Saints had received a bid from Old Trafford for Schneiderlin, who was absent from the club's first training session of the new season on Monday, but said "it wasn't serious".

The Dutchman also said Southampton were hopeful of retaining Toby Alderweireld despite revealing Atletico Madrid, the defender's parent club, are resisting their move to make his loan deal a permanent one.

"Morgan was ill but he is coming to training tomorrow and he will travel with the rest of the squad to Austria," said Koeman ahead of Southampton's pre-season trip. The Saints play RB Leipzig in the first game of their tour on Wednesday.

"He was not feeling well, so he had contact with the doctor and he stayed at home," Koeman added.

"Two weeks ago we had a big offer from Man United but it wasn't enough. It wasn't serious and no more bids today."

Southampton open talks with Atletico over loanee

Toby Alderweireld has a few suitors. Credit: PA

Southampton have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over the permanent signing of defender Toby Alderweireld.

The Belgian spent last season on loan at St Mary's and the Saints are hoping to tie him down for the long term.

Spurs are also keen on acquiring his services, but Ronald Koeman recently said he was hopeful Alderweireld would stay.

Southampton terminate striker's contract

Dani Osvaldo has been released. Credit: PA

Southampton have terminated the contract of Italy striker Dani Osvaldo, the club have confirmed.

The forward, who arrived for £13million from Roma in 2013, made little impact at St Mary's apart from being involved in a training ground dispute with Jose Fonte.

In recent times he has enjoyed loan spells at Juventus, Inter Milan and Boca Juniors.

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