Southampton have finalised a deal to signal striker Sekou Mara from Bordeaux on a four-year contract.
Saints head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has forged his web wider this summer season within the search of hidden potential, with the Austrian making the 19-year-old his sixth signing of the switch window.
Mara had been linked with Premier League rivals Leeds and Newcastle, plus German facet Borussia Monchengladbach.
The France U21 worldwide scored six objectives in 26 Ligue 1 appearances final season for Bordeaux, who have been relegated after ending backside of the desk.
Amid monetary struggles, the membership have determined to money in on considered one of their prized belongings.
Mara mentioned: “I am actually completely happy to signal for Southampton and to be a Saint for the following years. Southampton have given me an excellent alternative to progress.
“I am a younger participant and I’ve to work. I feel Southampton is the very best membership for me to develop myself and progress to be among the finest. I am impatient to start with this staff and rating objectives.”
Hasenhuttl added: “Sekou is coming right here to attain objectives and has proven within the French league he can do that, now he must work onerous and present he can do that within the Premier League.
“He’s a younger man who will want time to adapt to a brand new nation and a brand new league, however we’re enthusiastic about his potential and what he can grow to be sooner or later.”
Mara broke into the primary staff at Bordeaux in February 2021 and has scored a complete of seven objectives in 35 appearances in all competitions.
Southampton have already signed Armel Bella-Kotchap, Romeo Lavia, Joe Aribo, Gavin Bazunu and Mateusz Lis this summer season for a mixed complete of over £50m.
‘Mara a big signing for Saints’
Sky Sports activities Information reporter Mark McAdam:
“I spoke to a few folks on the membership initially of the summer season and requested them what the remit was for the window. Traditionally, Southampton do not spend some huge cash, however they mentioned to me this is able to be the ‘transformation summer season’.
“They instructed me numerous folks could be leaving the membership and numerous new faces could be coming in. Straightaway, Ralph Hasenhuttl reshaped his backroom staff as 4 or 5 teaching workers and he changed them.
“They’ve now reshaped the squad with younger, gifted, uncooked gamers with a whole lot of potential. The most recent participant to be on their radar is the 19-year-old Bordeaux striker Sekou Mara.
“Financially, Bordeaux are in a very powerful state of affairs in the meanwhile and the participant is alleged to have left the membership as a result of he knew the cash his transfer would generate would save the membership within the quick time period.
“Southampton have a very gifted teenager who has been watched by numerous Premier League sides for not an enormous charge.
“It is exactly what Hasenhuttl needs to do – usher in younger gamers and develop them. It is a actually vital signing for Southampton, their sixth of the summer season with over £50m already spent.”
Who’ve Southampton signed and offered to this point?
Armel Bella-Kotchap – VfL Bochum, £9.5m
Romeo Lavia – Man Metropolis, £12m
Joe Aribo – Rangers, £10m
Gavin Bazunu – Man Metropolis, £15m
Mateusz Lis – Altay, free
Sekou Mara – Bordeaux, undisclosed
Fraser Forster – Tottenham, free
Harry Lewis – Bradford, free
Ramello Mitchell – West Brom, free
Dan N’Lundulu – Cheltenham, mortgage
Kazeem Olaigbe – Ross County, mortgage
Caleb Watts – Morecambe, mortgage
Ethan Burnett – launched
Shane Lengthy – Studying, free
Oludare Olufunwa – launched
Benni Smales-Brathwaite – launched
Jayden Smith – launched
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