So, we've got our man, but what do the opposition think of the one who got away? There's certainly a tinge of sadness among many, along with some bitterness which I won't feel too much schadenfreude about having gone through the same with Payet. But we're defintiely talking of Simone Zaza style relief here..Views courtesy of SaintsWeb..
'Massively overrated player. He's been a good player and good servant but nowhere near as good as everyone makes him out to be. He makes just as many mistakes as Yoshida. I won't wish him well but won't wish him bad either.'
'There will be a lot of posts like this, so let's nip the narrative at the bud, shall we? Jose Fonte has been an absolute giant for us, one of our best players and a symbol of our progression. To step down from the Championship to League One and end up as a Euro 2016 winner and one of the best defenders in the Premier League, all at this club and in the space of seven years, is remarkable.'
'Shame, fantastic servant to the club and a big loss to us.'
'Fonte has been a powerhouse for Saints, and his leadership on and off the field has been immense. So he's gone to a flawed though ambitious club'
'We have had a lot of deals that have been described as 'good business ' lately but we seem to be getting weaker by each transfer window. I'm sad to see him go'
'Fonte was absolutely class for us over the years but feels a bit like when Lambert left, he's on the decline and he's served as well. Just a shame it was West Ham he ended up'