Southampton did just one deal on transfer deadline day as Michael Obafemi’s move to Swansea City was confirmed in the late hours.
The young striker moves on after a long association with the club but now gets a chance to prove himself at Championship level and become a first-team regular.
Fans were waiting right up until the deadline to see whether a surprise signing would be announced by Saints but nothing emerged despite Ralph Hasenhuttl wanting an extra central-midfielder if the right deal could be found.
Below are some of the names that moved or made big decisions on their future on the final day of the window after being linked to Saints:
Maitland-Niles was strongly linked to Everton in the finals days of August’s window but his move was blocked by his parent club Arsenal.
The Mirror had suggested that he was a a target for Saints again having been tracked at St Mary’s last January, and he would have filled the open central-midfielder void if he had been signed.
Back in May, the Express suggested that Loftus-Cheek would be targeted by Saints and that a loan deal would be possible.
However, he stayed at Chelsea on the final day of the window and would not have arrived at St Mary’s on loan anyway given that Saints already have Armando Broja for the season from Stamford Bridge.
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Premier League rules state that clubs may not sign more than one player on loan from a fellow top-flight club.
According to The Sun on Sunday (29/08, p61), Saints were one of the clubs looking at Jebbison as the transfer deadline moved closer.
However, he joined Burton Albion on loan from Sheffield United in a bid to get a taste of first-team football.
A recent report from the Sun suggested that Saints were looking to bring in Christie when his Celtic deal expired next summer
He took the decision to join Bournemouth though and will be hoping to play a part in their charge towards promotion to the Premier League.
The Daily Mail had suggested that Saints were one of the clubs looking to sign Hendry who had only departed Celtic for Oostende at the start of the summer transfer window.
Eventually he joined Club Brugge on deadline day to make it two moves in the same window, although Oostende are said to have made a profit still.
A report from the Sun back in May stated that Saints had added Edouard to their striker shortlist after his impressive spell with Celtic.
A £20m fee was quoted back then, but the Frenchman chose a £14m move to Crystal Palace on deadline day.
Via the Northern Echo, Saints were said to have made a late offer to sign the young Middlesbrough full-back.
He took the decision to join Boro’s Championship rivals Nottingham Forest on loan though.