Southampton could be preparing to lose Che Adams and Kamaldeen Sulemana to Everton.
Speaking to BBC Radio Solent, Russell Martin admitted that his team could look ‘very different’ by the end of the transfer window.
Everton are one club interested in snapping up some of their key players, with the Toffees currently in talks over deals for both Adams and Sulemana.
Adams only has a year left on his contract at St Mary’s Stadium and looks set for a quick return to the Premier League, though reports have claimed the Saints will demand around £15 million for his signature.
Meanwhile, Sulemana could be on his way to Goodison Park only six months after joining Southampton from Rennes. Everton were also eager to sign the winger back in January but could now take advantage of Southampton’s relegation.
Ahead of Southampton’s Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday on Friday, Martin said:
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“I think the team will look different next Friday than it did today because there will be stuff that goes on, I’m sure. There might not, fingers crossed, we have injured playing come back as well.
“The team that starts the first game of the season will look very different by the end of the transfer window, and that is frustrating.
“While they are here, we will give everything we possibly can and ask them to do the same, and the rest will take care of itself.”
Could Che Adams and Kamaldeen Sulemana be on their way to Everton?
Russell Martin has admitted he expects some of his key starters to leave Southampton before the transfer deadline, though there are a number of other players who that could include.
Romeo Lavia and Tino Livramento look to be returning to the Premier League, while James Ward-Prowse had also been targeted by West Ham in recent months.
The Saints will be eager to keep hold some of their main man, though Adams could make the move to Merseyside if he refuses to sign a new contract. A difficult debut season for Sulemana may also tempt the south coast club to allowing him to leave on loan.