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Josh Sims signs new deal with Southampton

Josh Sims has signed a new contract at Southampton which ties the academy graduate to St Mary's until 2020.

Sims has committed his future to Southampton until 2020. Credit: PA

The 19-year-old has played eight times for Claude Puel's side this season after breaking into the first-team set-up on the south coast.

Sims, who has also represented England at Under-18 level, made an instant impact as he set up Charlie Austin to score the only goal of the game in a victory over Everton in November.

He has also featured for the Saints in the Europa League and now wants to continue his progress having penned a fresh three-and-a-half year deal.

Sims told the club's official website:

I'm absolutely delighted to signed a new contract with the club,"I'm really happy that the club have put faith in me to offer me a new contract.

I can't really put into words how good it has been recently, but I just need to push on now and continue my progress.

I can't see why you wouldn't want to sign here. This is definitely the club for me to help me progress and aspire to be like some of the other Academy graduates to have come through.

– Southampton winger Josh Sims

Liverpool reject Southampton loan bid for Sakho

Sakho will only leave Liverpool on a permanent deal. Credit: PA

Liverpool have rejected a loan bid from Southampton for out-of-favour defender Mamadou Sakho. Reports say the Saints' offer was instantly dismissed as the Reds will only consider permanently offloading the France international.

The centre-back is no longer considered part of the first-team squad after being sent home from the club's pre-season training camp in California as manager Jurgen Klopp was unhappy with his attitude.

Sakho trained with and played for the club's under-23 side for the first half of the season but since the transfer window opened he has not featured as the club want to minimise the chances of him getting injured and jeopardising a move.

The player rejected loan switches to West Brom and Stoke in August despite being told he needed to leave to re-establish his reputation, and in the intervening period the club's stance has shifted to the point where they now want him off the books.

However, they will only consider a permanent deal in the region of £20million for the 26-year-old.

Southampton are looking to strengthen in central defence after captain Jose Fonte handed in a transfer request earlier this month.

Sevilla, Swansea and Crystal Palace were also believed to be looking at the player but none have followed up their initial interest.

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