Russell Martin’s move to Southampton delayed

Southampton’s move to hire Swansea City head coach Russell Martin has been delayed over disputes regarding the compensation fee, as reported by The Athletic.

The Welsh club believe the Saints must pay a higher fee because they first made their move for Martin whilst they were still a Premier League club.

However, Southampton feel they should be able to trigger the 37-year-old’s Championship-level release clause which is approximately £1.25M, as opposed to the £2m fee which a Premier League side would need to pay in order to secure Martin’s services, according to BBC Football.

With the transfer window set to reopen on Wednesday June, 14, both Southampton and Swansea will be eager to finalise the deal for Martin, who guided the Swans to a 10th-placed finish, three points adrift of the play-offs.

The South coast club must also agree a compensation fee for Martin’s backroom staff, which include his number two Matthew Gill and goalkeeping coach Dean Thornton.

Mark Marston | Get Football

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