Pochettino is also targeting big-money moves for Internacional’s Leandro Damiao and Valencia midfielder Ever Banega. He added: “We manage a lot of information about very good players. One of them is Damiao, also Banega and also Wanyama. “We are managing the situation as well as we can at the moment. “The main thing is that we as a club, Southampton, are managing when these negotiations happen so that is what is happening. We are managing when these players are going to be signed and how we sign them. “Our goals are very clear. I am also not trapped by the fact that I said I wanted to have our transfer window closed by July 1. We are not interested in 15 or 20 players. We are interested in maybe two or three key players. “At the same time, I also want to say our squad at the moment is really good and it is not like we are trapped in the sense that we need these players to be a better squad. “Our squad as it is really good already, but we just want to bring in two or three players that reinforce key areas in the squad to become an even better team.” Press Association Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino has not given up on bringing Celtic’s Victor Wanyama to St Mary’s. Liverpool, Arsenal, Everton and Cardiff have all been linked with the Celtic midfielder, but it is Southampton that were given permission to speak to him after a reported £12million bid was accepted. However, Wanyama has so far failed to agree terms with Saints, leading to suggestions of issues with his representatives. But Pochettino said: “It could happen. We have certain positions that we want to reinforce. I’m confident that our goals will be met.”
Wisconsin (26-1-1-0, 17-0-1-0 Big Ten) will play games against conference foe Ohio State on Friday and Saturday in Columbus, Ohio.The No. 1 University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey team has been an unstoppable force this season.Of course, that isn’t exactly a surprise. Every season they are consistently the class of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association and the NCAA as a whole.But still, their undefeated conference record and nine shut-outs thus far in the season indicate something special — even by the Badger’s standards.Badger women’s hockey alumni poised for Olympic runThe 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will feature four former Badger Women’s Hockey players representing the USA Olympic Team. Forwards Read…Coming up this weekend the team will put their record to the test against Ohio State in Columbus for a two-game series that begins their last six-game stretch of the season.The Buckeyes are third in the WCHA, with a conference record of 10-4-4-3, which shows they may be a bit under-ranked, as they suffer from four shootout losses. Though OSU may be better than their record, it doesn’t seem like there is much evidence they can hang with Wisconsin.Ohio State has barely outpaced their opponents in scoring this season. Their in-conference goal differential is only eight goals. Wisconsin boasts a differential six times that at a monstrous 48.It truly is futile to go down the laundry list of statistics Wisconsin blows every other team out of the water in. But hockey is hockey, and you don’t win games on paper.Women’s Hockey: Wisconsin sweeps weekend series against St. Cloud StateIn a weekend double-header in Madison, the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team showed two sell-out crowds at Read…Despite the apparent Wisconsin advantage, Ohio State still lays claim to two of the preeminent point scorers in the conference in Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs.Maltais leads the conference in points per game, averaging 1.27, and is tied for the lead in total assists with Wisconsin’s Abby Roque (22). She comes into the weekend with eight points in her last six games.Skaggs leads the conference in goal-scoring (18), just edging out Wisconsin’s Claudia Kepler (17), and also has eight points in her last six games.Women’s hockey: No.1 Wisconsin to end fall campaign against St. CloudThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team will close out their 2017 fall campaign in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Badgers Read…Though Wisconsin may come into the series confident, as they should be, it would be a mistake to not recognize the potential windfalls of down-playing their opponent’s scoring abilities.Puck drop will be at 5 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon in Columbus.