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Martin verbally agrees to become next Southampton boss

Russell Martin has verbally agreed to become the new Southampton manager.

Discussions between Swansea and Southampton are ongoing over the issue of compensation, but it is understood Martin could be confirmed as the new Saints boss in the next 24 hours.

Martin has only a year left on his Swansea contract and he postponed a trip to the US where he was due to discuss a contract extension with the club's American owners.

Manchester City's assistant manager, Enzo Maresca, was alongside Martin in the running for the Southampton job, but he has now withdrawn from the process after deciding he wants another season working with Pep Guardiola.

Martin's Swansea side finished in 10th place this season and ended the Championship season strongly, unbeaten in nine games with wins over West Brom and Norwich City during that run.

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