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Ronald Koeman: Southampton must spend to compete in Europe

Ronald Koeman has said Southampton will be looking to bolster their squad this summer if they qualify for the Europa League.

Southampton are currently sixth in the Premier League, ahead of Tottenham on goal difference, which would see them into Europe next season.

Their chances of playing European football next season would be boosted if Arsenal or Liverpool were to win the FA Cup as that would allow the league's seventh-placed team to play in the Europa League, while they also remain in contention to qualify via the fair play table.

However, the benefits of playing in the competition -- including the imminent increase in prize money -- must be weighed against the impact of playing additional fixtures on Thursday nights, with Everton the latest English side to have struggled domestically while competing in the Europa League.

Koeman, who looks set to lose loanee Toby Alderweireld this summer, said he fully intends to invest in the squad if Saints do manage to qualify.

"That's the problem sometimes for teams like Everton, Southampton," he said. "The big teams have so much players and they can handle two, three competitions and for us it will be more difficult, but that's one of the reasons in my plans for next season.

"Maybe we need more numbers, more experienced players to have the possibility, if you play for Europe, to have enough good players to handle those competitions."

Koeman has said he will consider buying a new goalkeeper after seeing Fraser Forster suffer a long-term knee injury.

He said: "It depends on what will be our final decision and we know we have Kelvin, know we have Paulo [Gazzaniga], we have Cody Cropper and we have to make the decision on the end of the season how will be the future of the goalkeepers, and we have to wait until the end of the season to know exactly how long Fraser will be out, and if it's for more longer time it's an option for a new goalkeeper, yes."


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