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Raiding the Eredivisie for talent is a risk - see the likes of Afonso Alves and Mateja Kezman - but is one that can pay off. With Saints flying high in England's top tier, Tadic can be considered one of the signings of the summer and with winnable fixtures like Leicester and Aston Villa approaching, there is no reason why he cannot continue his fine form.
With the money brought in from selling Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers, Adam Lallana and the rest, Southampton could easily have made at least one big name signing. Much like Angel Di Maria's arrival at Old Trafford, it would have settled a few anxious nerves and signalled their intention to not let the loss of their manager and key players deter them after an excellent year.
A summer of change that saw the manager and several key players sold then left the club among the favourites for relegation ahead of the new campaign. However, Southampton have not only started the 2014/15 season in good form, they have begun even better than they did 12 months ago.
Arsenal have signed full-back Calum Chambers from Southampton for £16 million. Chambers, 19, continues the exodus of players
Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has a sense of humour. After Dejan Lovren became the fourth major player to be sold by
Liverpool are favourites to sign Belgium and Lille striker Divock Origi. Origi, 19, scored Belgium's winner against Russia
With England's first game of the tournament just days away, it's time to take a quick look back over the warm-up games. There were a couple of big winners and a couple of unfortunate losers and the games may well have affected Roy Hodgson's selection for this Saturday.
For any player, signing for your boyhood club would be a dream come true. For Rickie Lambert, that dream this week became a reality. The striker - and lifelong Liverpool fan - joined the Reds for an initial £4m on Monday, bringing an end to his five-year stay with Southampton.
Rickie Lambert has completed his £4 million transfer to Liverpool from Southampton. Rickie Lambert's Transfer To Liverpool
Rickie Lambert's rise appeared to have peaked last year, when he received a first England squad call-up at the age of 31
When a new manager enters the fray, speculation is rife. 'Who will he pick?' 'What style of play will he adopt?' 'Will he be the man to bring England glory?' But the harsh reality is that regardless of who the manager is, England will never compete with the likes of Brazil, Germany and Spain.
Andy Carroll's reputation has suffered since Euro 2012 because of his scarcely-mentioned £35m transfer to Liverpool. He will be forever labelled as an 'expensive flop' and be ridiculed by part-time football fans for a cheap laugh because he couldn't justify a ludicrous price tag that he never set himself.
Southampton could lose striker Rickie Lambert and left-back Luke Shaw this month following the resignation of former chairman
England striker Daniel Sturridge is a major doubt for their friendly with Germany. Sturridge was unable to complete a full