UK time is: 14:43:51
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Antti completes Fulham deal

Saints keeper Antti Niemi has passed a medical to complete his move to Fulham today for a fee believed to be in the region of 1.5 million.

Harry Redknapp confirmed he tried to hijack the deal at the last minute to take Niemi to Fratton Park. Thankfully Antti snubbed the move, keeping his legendary status at St Mary's intact. He'll be remembered as one of the clubs greatest keepers ever - alongside Peter Shilton.

The giant blond haired Finn became renowned in the Premiership with his imposing stature and breathtaking saves. Many of his saves are memorable for Saints fans, the best example of his ability for me is his stunning triple save from Patrick Viera, which helped us to a 3-2 victory over Arsenal two seasons ago.

It's a huge shame for us to see him leave, but it's understandable that such a top class keeper wants to play at the highest level while he's still young enough. He was also one of the higher earners at the club and had taken a huge paycut when Saints were relegated.

Hopefully Lowe will be shrewd and use the saving on wages to offer Theo Walcott an excellent contract to stay at the club.

Its seems maybe the disappointment of his goalkeeping coach David Coles leaving has also added to Niemi's decision to leave.

Luckily Saints have an excellent understudy in Paul Smith. His opportunities have been limited with Niemi at the club, but he's proved when called on that he's a top class keeper and deserves his chance in the first team. Had Niemi stayed Smith would have no doubt moved on himself quite soon, as at 25 he's too good not to be playing regular football.

Let us know your most memorable Antti saves on the forum.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

The Journalist

Writer: Stef C Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 10 2006

Time: 11:12AM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Southampton Articles

Krueger - A Special Day We Will Remember (Wednesday October 22 2014)

A Look Back to A Saintly Beginning (Monday October 20 2014)

Players Respond To Sunderland Win (Sunday October 19 2014)

Koeman - EIGHT Nil Is Not Normal (Sunday October 19 2014)

Stats: Southampton v Sunderland (Saturday October 18 2014)

Koeman & Pelle Bag The Awards (Friday October 17 2014)

Davis Extends Southampton Deal (Friday October 17 2014)

Koeman - Holland Will Have To Wait (Thursday October 16 2014)

Attacking Intent Important For Koeman (Thursday October 16 2014)

Archived Southampton Articles

List All Vital Saints Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Rex Vulgaris 21
2. Vital Saint 19
3. StuSaint 1

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 8 7 1 0 +15 22
2. Man City 8 5 2 1 +10 17
3. Southampton 8 5 1 2 +14 16
4. West Ham 8 4 1 3 +4 13
5. Liverpool 8 4 1 3 +1 13
6. Man Utd 8 3 3 2 +3 12
7. Arsenal 8 2 5 1 +2 11

Breaking League News

A Busted Flush
Arsenal : 23/10/2014 13:11:00
Sunderland Sign French Defender On Loan
Sunderland : 23/10/2014 13:09:00
Poyet Insists Coates Was Fit When He Signed.
Sunderland : 23/10/2014 11:23:00
Europa League good experience for Barkley
Everton : 23/10/2014 11:19:00
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Asteras Tripolis.
Spurs : 23/10/2014 10:42:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Sunderland MotM
Suggested By:  Vital Saint
Forster 3%
Clyne 0%
Fonte 0%
Alderweireld 0%
Bertrand 13%
S Davis 0%
Schneiderlin 6%
Cork 6%
Long 0%
Pelle 6%
Tadic 66%
Sub - Mane 0%
Sub - Wanyama 0%
Sub - Mayuka 0%