Is the early deadline day a good think?
Southampton manager Mark Hughes said: “The early transfer deadline has its pros and cons, you now know exactly what you have got. European clubs may want to take our players away but our stance is that we will say no to everybody from now on.
“As a manager, you know who you have to work with on the first day.”
Southampton were on a run of one win in 17 Premier League games when they sacked Mauricio Pellegrino and appointed Mark Hughes in March.
The Welshman led the side to safety and his deal at St Mary’s was extended.
Hughes said: “Southampton’s recruitment process is impressive but I have the final say, I sanction the deal when they are presented to me, the work prior to that like checks and due diligence is done beforehand. I just have to worry about if they are good enough to play for Southampton or not. I have been really pleased.
“We needed to improve our ability to created and convert chances. Stuart Armstrong scored goals form midfield so we have tried to address that. All our strikers bring different qualities and strengths. We have to stat playing, winning games and scoring goals.”
More from Southampton manager Mark Hughes on new signing Danny Ings:
“It is an initial loan but that was why the negotiations took so long. It is one that we clearly want to do. The two clubs had to come to an arrangement with a comfortable deal and in the end it was a win-win for both clubs and more importantly for Danny. He is coming to a club he has much appreciation for and he has much to prove.
“I saw Danny late last night and had a drink to celebrate. Our owner was present too.
“Danny is available for Sunday. We will see how he is but there is enthusiasm and he wants to be part of it. He is fit and well and had gametime in pre-season.”
Southampton Mark Hughes has been speaking about the deadline day move for striker Danny Ings from Liverpool: “At one point we did not think we would get the deal done but thankfully everything fell into the correct sequence and we are delighted. I am pleased with the window we had, the guys we brought in and we strengthened throughout the team. Bringing in a striker makes everyone feel a bit better.”
It’s so busy today I am going to have smoke coming out of my ears by this evening.
15 manager news conferences and reaction to transfer deadline day when I manage to squeeze it in.
One manager has been up bright and early and has already faced the cameras…
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