"An awful lot of money" – Exclusive: Palmer reacts to transfer budget Gao could hand Southampton
£10m is still a lot of money and something that Ralph Hasenhuttl can work with this transfer window, says former Southampton midfielder Carlton Palmer.
HampshireLive are reporting that the Saints do not have that much money to spend this summer and Hasenhuttl will be forced to target players around or below the £10m-mark.
The kind of budget that Gao Jisheng and the club have seemingly handed the Austrian may worry some supporters who watched their side finish 15th in the season that has just passed.
Palmer, however, thinks £10m is a lot to play with if Hasenhuttl is shrewd and looks at free agents.
“Listen, £10m is still a lot of money if you’re getting people in free and it’s just salaries you’re paying. That’s still an awful lot of money,” the ex-Southampton player said to FFC.
“They’ve just got to be shrewd in the market. They’ve always had an unbelievable youth and academy set-up, so I’m sure they’ve got some players that will be ready to come through that conveyor belt that they have.”
Southampton have already proven that they know how to be shrewd in the transfer market, while they certainly do have a great youth system.
Last summer, the south coast club signed Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham for just £12m, with the 24-year-old coming in for significant praise from Alan Shearer for his performances during the 2020/21 campaign.
The Englishman played in a side captained by James Ward-Prowse, a product of the club’s youth system who has gone on to make over 300 appearances for the Saints and is now worth £27m, according to Transfermarkt.
Source: Football – Football Fan Cast