Earlier this afternoon Southampton confirmed that we had now completed the capture of highly rated Standard Liege winger Moussa Djenepo.
The 20-year-old Mali international has been a hot topic on the rumour mill so far this summer when it came to a potential arrival at St Mary’s Stadium, and with that speculation becoming far more concrete at the end of last week, most fans were expecting an announcement this week and we now have it.
The youngster becomes our first official capture of the summer transfer window and manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first capture since he arrived at the club.
Last season Djenepo scored eleven times for his club in the Belgian top flight, helping them to finish in third place and gain entry into the Europa League. He boasts eight international caps for his country and he’s currently with them as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations tournament.
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With his arrival confirmed, Hasenhuttl said of the capture.
“We are very happy to welcome Moussa as the first new player to join our team ahead of the upcoming season. He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time. We have been impressed with how he has adapted to football in Europe and the impact he has had in many games, and we had an interest in him as recently as January, so I am pleased we are able to bring him into the club. He combines his quality with a good mentality and he is the right profile of player that we want to sign – still in the early part of his career, already with a lot of talent, but also with a great amount of potential that I believe we can help him to fulfil.”
“I think he will be an excellent fit for our style of play and shape, and these are the important characteristics we must look for. It is about getting this right sort of quality, not quantity – we must maximise the use of this window by spending our money in the right way and on the right type of player, and this is a very strong start.”