Southampton signs Graziano Pelle

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.”

Manchester United Signs Luke Shaw

Manchester United Signs Luke Shaw

Manchester United Signs Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw completes his move to Old Trafford for £30 million from Southampton and beomes the world’s most expensive teenager.

Shaw signed a 4-year deal worth £100,000 a week after United fought off late interest from chelsea to seal their second signing of Louis van Gaal. The first being the signing of Athletic Bilbao Ander Herrera for £28.5 million.

Initially, Southampton has rejected United’s bid of approximately £27 million but accepted Shaw’s sale when it became apparent that he wanted to leave SOuthampton. The fee rose to £31 million, with United having an option on his contract for a fifth year. The 18-year-old’s move to Old Trafford advanced after England’s early exit from the World Cup.

Luke Shaw’s move to United completes a remarkable rise for left-back, who became the youngest player to feature at the World Cup when he played the full 90 minutes against Costa Rica on Tuesday.

On completing his signing for United, Luke Shaw says, “I am thrilled and excited to be joining Manchester United. I have been at Southampton since I was eight years old and I would like to thank them and the fans for everything they have done for me. I want to continue to progress my career and joining United is the ideal place for me to do that.”

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Shaw joined the Southampton academy at the age of 8 and became a regular in the under-18 team from age 15. He made his Southampton debut at the age of 16 in an FA Cup tie and has since emerged as one of the most highly rated youngsters in Europe, with Real Madrid and Bayern Munich also tracking his progress.

On his 18th birthday, he signed a new 5-year deal with Southampton. He was named as one of the 6 players on the shortlist for the PFA Young Player of the Year award. Also, he was selected as left bak in the PFA Team of the Year.

Despite the Red Devils’ success in signing Shaw, former Manchester Unites Paul Scholes has criticised the move. Scholes felt that the club should have spent the money on a striker instead.

Writing in his Paddy Power blog, Scholes says, “For that money I want a centre-forward who’s going to score 30 goals a season.”

Will Luke Shaw be able to establish himself as a first choice left back ahead of experienced Manchester United Patrice Evra? Or will Scholes be proven correct in his criticism?

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