Football-Southampton signs Nigerian midfielder Aribo

Southampton have signed Nigerian midfielder Joe Aribo from Scottish Rangers on a four-year contract, the Premier League club announced on Saturday. The 25-year-old, born in London, joined Rangers from Charlton Athletic in 2019 and scored 26 goals in almost 150 appearances, helping them win their first Premiership crown in 10 years in 2020-21 and the European Cup. Scotland the following season.

No financial details were given, but British media said the transfer fee was six million pounds ($7.22 million) and could rise to 10 million pounds with add-ons. The versatile Aribo, who can play in midfield and also as a striker, has won 20 caps with his national team after making his debut three years ago.

“Joe is a player with many qualities in his game, and we are very happy to welcome him to the team in time for the pre-season trip to Austria,” Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuettl said. “We believe Joe can bring energy and creativity to our side. Feeling comfortable in different positions is very useful for a manager and shows that he has a high level of footballing intelligence, with the ability to quickly accept new information.”

The Saints also signed Mateusz Lis, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Romeo Lavia and Gavin Bazunu at the end of the season. Southampton finished 15th last season with 40 points from 38 appearances. They travel to Tottenham Hotspur on August 6 for their first match of the new campaign.

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