SAINTS CLOSE TO DELAP DEAL
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Republic of Ireland international has agreed terms with the Saints and will sign on Tuesday, subject to the successful completion of a medical.
Rams boss Jim Smith denied reports that Everton and Celtic had expressed an interest in Delap but did admit that Sunderland were in contact about the former Carlisle ace but would not meet the asking price.
"Despite reports, we have received no bid from Everton or Celtic for Rory. Sunderland were interested but baulked at the asking price."
Should the deal go through it will be a new club record for the Saints, doubling the £2m they paid Sheffield Wednesday for David Hirst.
Delap will link up with his former manager at Carlisle, Mick Wadsworth, who was appointed as assistant to Stuart Gray at Southampton last week.