Every Southampton player’s contract situation in international break

MANY of Southampton’s starting players are still tied up to long-term contracts after signing for the club under Sport Republic’s investment.

However, Russell Martin’s squad features some coming to the final months of their current deals with potential exits anticipated.

Saints have played 11 matches of the 2023-24 Championship season, following relegation from the Premier League.

With still over 75 per cent of the campaign to go, there is plenty of time to reveal fresh terms. Here is the current contract situation of Martin’s squad.

Stuart Armstrong – June 2024



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Stuart Armstrong faced an uncertain summer after a disappointing campaign last time out but is re-energised under new manager Martin.

Martin, his former Scotland teammate, has emphasised to Armstrong exactly how big a role he can play for Saints as they look to get back to the Premier League.

Joe Lumley – June 2024

Signed as short-term goalkeeping cover after the departure of veteran Willy Caballero this summer, former QPR man Joe Lumley was merely a squad addition.

He may not feature for Saints this season at all but character and determination are often the most important attributes for a third-choice stopper.

Che Adams – June 2024

As first reported by the Daily Echo, Che Adams has been offered a new three-year deal at the club but has so far opted against extending his Saints terms.

Scotland international Adams was the subject of transfer interest during the summer window but has failed to score since trading concluded losing his place to Charly Alcaraz.

Alex McCarthy – June 2024

When Saints gave Alex McCarthy a new contract secretly in 2021, it effectively spelled the end of Fraser Forster’s spell at the club.

However, he has remained number two to Gavin Bazunu since the Irishman was signed and it would be a surprise if McCarthy’s deal was extended again.

Ryan Fraser – June 2024 (on loan)

Ryan Fraser arrived on the south coast with the aim of kick-starting his stagnant career after falling out of the first-team squad at Newcastle United.

Another former international teammate of the gaffer, Fraser has the chance to earn a permanent contract but Saints are not tied to the player.

Mason Holgate – June 2024 (on loan)

Defender Mason Holgate had also fallen out of favour at Everton but was backed by Martin as affordable cover with ball-playing skills.

His Saints career has not started exactly as he would have hoped after mistakes against Sunderland and Middlesbrough but is credited with strong character and self-belief.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis – June 2024 (on loan)

Saints are hoping to turn the loan of Taylor Harwood-Bellis into a permanent deal but will require promotion to the Premier League to enforce that.

The Manchester City youngster is the subject of a £20million clause but would return to City and find a new club if Saints remain in the Championship.

Flynn Downes – June 2024 (on loan)

Martin’s previous relationship with former Swansea City midfielder was integral to bringing Flynn Downes to St Mary’s for the 2023-24 season.

He adds bite and aggression to the group and, if Martin is still in charge next summer, he will surely explore preliminary avenues to keeping Downes on.

Jack Stephens – June 2025

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