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OFFICIAL: Gabbiadini joins Southampton for €17m

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Premier League side Southampton have completed the transfer of Manolo Gabbiadini.

The striker will sign a four and half year deal with Southampton as the club invests for the future.

Napoli are set to receive £17 million for Gabbiadini, broken into two separate amounts; £14.5m (€17m) for the initial fee, plus £2.5m in added bonuses.

The fee eclipses the £16m paid for Sofiane Boufal, with Gabbiadini is set to have is medical with the club on Tuesday.

Southampton have beaten the interest from the likes of Bundesliga clubs Schalke and Borussia Monchengladbach.

The striker has spent time at such clubs as Atalanta, Bologna, Sampdoria and finally Napoli.

 Gabbiadini talked to the media on his move to the club and Premier League:

“I am very, very happy. Since I was a kid, one of my dreams was to perform in one of the biggest leagues in the world, so now that it’s happening I can’t wait to start playing.

“The facilities that I have seen here are an incredible level – top-level standards even for Serie A. These are the sort of facilities that make you want to come here and perform as soon as possible.”

Southampton have been looking for viable additions to the striker department as Charlie Austin has been unavailable due to injuries.

Les Reed, Executive Director of Football at Southampton commented on the transfer:

“We are delighted to have secured the signing of Manolo Gabbiadini, ahead of a number of other clubs who were interested in him.

“We have followed his progress for a significant amount of time and have worked hard behind the scenes to agree a deal for him this month.

“At the age of 25, we believe Manolo can play an important part in the remainder of the season, while still having his best years ahead of him.

“Claude Puel’s reputation for developing young players also makes this an ideal place in which he can take the next step in his career.

“With Jay Rodriguez, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond all in good form, and Charlie Austin making encouraging progress in his return from injury, Manolo is another exciting addition to our attacking line-up ahead of the final months of the season, as well as for future campaigns.”