Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saints Look to Offload Beattie

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Saints Look to Offload Beattie

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Southampton look set to sell England striker James Beattie following his substitution 16 minutes from time in the goalless draw with Charlton.

Saints new assistant manager Jim Smith, who joined ex-Portsmouth partner Harry Redknapp at St Mary's last week, said: "We want to keep James as long as we can. He's a little bit short of match sharpness but you would have to speak to the chairman about the fact that possibly selling someone would give us the ammunition to bring in the three, four or five quality players we require.

"That might have to be the avenue we unfortunately have to go down."

Newcastle manager Graeme Souness has been linked with a transfer-window move for the Saints striker.

Smith, who conducted the after-match press briefing in place of Redknapp, said: "I am here because Harry is frustrated and might say the wrong thing. We've come to get the team out of the mire. We knew it was not going to be easy. the players are playing without confidence and it is our job to instil it. …

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