SAINTS stars have joined Big Issue vendors to sell a special Southampton-themed edition of the magazine.

Nathan Redmond, Oriol Romeu, Manolo Gabbiadini and Florin Gardos took to the streets of Winchester on Tuesday to try their hand at selling the special edition of the award-winning weekly entertainment and current affairs magazine.

Saints midfielder and England International, Nathan Redmond, said: "I could see how hard these guys have to work, they’re out in all weather. It’s not easy and I have huge respect for them.

"It was great to meet the guys, and be involved in a partnership where two great organisations like Southampton FC and the Big Issue can achieve so much together."

The event was part of an initiative in partnership with the The Big Issue Foundation to provide vendors with the opportunity to enrol in an eight-week employability programme, run by the Saints Foundation, which will equip them with job-ready skills.

The magazine will also be distributed as the official match day programme at the club’s first game of the season versus Swansea City on Saturday.