Allow us to channel our inner Attenborough for a moment…

Transfer windows are generally showers of s**t.

Constant rumours, speculation and source-quoting results in a lawless Wild West that is often difficult to traverse.

Which is why we appreciate the calming, reassuring presence of a reliable food chain — and they don’t come more reliable than this.


The circle of life

At the bottom of this particular food chain, we have Celtic.

Glasgow’s green and white may be the top dogs of Scottish football but they’re the prey of choice for Premier League middle-of-the-roaders Southampton.

The Saints have plucked three key players from Celtic in recent times… and Jos Hooiveld.

Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Virgil van Dijk were signed between 2013-2016 with two of those players having moved on to ‘top six’ clubs.

Bloody loved an Irn-Bru did Victor

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Bloody loved an Irn-Bru did Victor

Which brings us onto Southampton’s main predator, Liverpool.

The path from the south coast to Merseyside has been a congested one in recent years.

Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Nathaniel Clyne have made successful moves north.

Lallana was a Saints boy when they were in League One

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Lallana was a Saints boy when they were in League One

The same can’t be said for Dejan Lovren and poor Rickie Lambert — the Croatian centre-back has become a punchline among football fans while Lambert limped to just…

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