Southampton signs Grazanio Pelle on 3 year deal
Southampton have moved to fill the void left by their summer departures by signing striker Graziano Pelle from Feyenoord. The Italian signed a 3 year deal with the saints, leaving Feyenoord and following former boss Ronald Koeman to the South Coast.
The 28 year old has scored 27 goals for the Rotterdamn Club in the 2013-14 season and will be viewed as a replacement for former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert who moved to Liverpool earlier this summer.
Koeman has been tasked with rebuilding Southampton first team after taking over ffrom Mauricio Pochettino last month, with Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw having also left. Koeman signed Dusan Tadic on Tuesday and the capture of Graziano Pelle will be seen as another important move.
On signing for Southampton, Pelle said, “I’m really happy that it’s finally signed. I has some teams interested in me, but this is going to be the best choice for me because the club wants to keep improving every year. The talks between us were only short in terms of how long it took to convince each other. I was pretty sure that, for me, this would be a great step.”
“Koeman and I worked together for two amazing years at Feyenoord, and I hope that it will be the same here. There are many good things about this club other than the trainer. The Premier League is amazing, and Southampton is showing year by year that it wants to improve.”
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Graziano Pelle started his career with Lecce and had a number of loan spells before moving to AZ Alkmarr, where he first made contact with Koeman. He then returned to Italy and Parma, before taking in Sampdoria and then Feyenoord and Koeman again. His goalscoring feat last season meant that he is the 2nd highest scoring Italian to have played outside of Serie A.
Koeman is glad to have captured the signing of this goal scoring machine. On signing Grazanio Pelle, he said, “I had Graziano in my team for my last two years at Feyenoord. He scored a lot of goals – more than 50 in two seasons – and they brought a lot of points to the club.Goals mean points, and we needed a good player in that position after Rickie Lambert left. In terms of his qualities, he’s a tall striker with a lot of movement and he’s fast. He’s a player who gives confidence to the team because he keeps the ball, and he’s very dangerous in front of goal.”