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Transfer rumour: Southampton target Kuyt

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Kuyt in action at the 2014 World Cup. Credit: PA

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman is planning a raid for compatriot Dirk Kuyt in the January window.

Dutchman Kuyt left Liverpool for Fenerbahce in 2012 and will be out of contract with the Turkish giants at the end of this season. (Via the Mirror)

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Billy Jones to miss Southampton trip

Billy Jones
Billy Jones. Credit: PA

Sunderland defender Billy Jones is out of Saturday's Premier League trip to Southampton though injury.

The full-back picked up a muscle injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly last week and joins fellow defender Sebastian Coates (thigh), and midfielders Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) and Ricky Alvarez (knee) on the sidelines.

Former Napoli defender Anthony Reveillere has been training with the Black Cats as head coach Gus Poyet looks for cover, although Santiago Vergini, who won his second cap for Argentina in midweek, is in line to deputise for Jones at right-back.

Provisional Sunderland squad: Mannone, Pantilimon, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Mavrias, Wickham, Altidore, Fletcher, Graham.

Koeman committed to Southampton

Ronald Koeman has pledged not to desert Southampton for the Holland job, despite former Netherlands team-mates tipping him to succeed under-fire Guus Hiddink.

Southampton boss Koeman claimed Holland missed their chance to install him as national manager when opting for Hiddink instead in March.

I hope to stay here for my whole contract, but it's football.

There's certainly no chance to move now out of Southampton.

I was interested in that job, because when I left Feyenoord I was nominated to be the national coach but the federation chose for Hiddink in that moment.

But not now, I'm the coach and manager of Southampton and they have to wait if they want me as their coach.

– Ronald Koeman

Pelle: I deserve to be in Italy squad

Perseverance has paid off for Graziano Pelle, who at 29 years of age has at last been called up to Italy's senior national team.

The Southampton striker has scored four goals in seven Premier league appearances to earn a spot in Antonio Conte's squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers against Azerbaijan and Malta.

Pelle represented Italy's Under-20 and Under-21 teams while on the books of Lecce, his hometown club.

I've had to go a long way to find again the right path. I am experiencing special emotions, even though I believe I deserve to be here as I've scored many goals.

I'm here now and better late than never.

To fight until the end allows you to get opportunities, I'm proof of it.

I like those that don't give up when facing adversity early on.

I am positive person. I rarely blame others if things don't go the right way.

Hence, if a long time has passed since the last time I wore the azzurri colours, it has only been my fault.

But now I am fully matured, physically and mentally. I have overcome certain defects and have worked on my strengths.

– Pelle speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport.

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