Gabbiadini ready to live his dream

Manolo Gabbiadini is looking forward to plying his trade in “one of the biggest leagues in the world” after signing for Southampton on transfer deadline day.

The 25-year-old former Atalanta, Juventus and Sampdoria striker joins the Saints from Napoli on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee in the region of £14.

An Italian international with six caps, Gabbiadini has scored 58 club goals in 215 Serie A appearances.

After arriving in Southampton Gabbiadini told the club's official website: "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."

Executive Director of Football Les Reed added: "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."

Goalkeeper Mouez Hassen was the only other player to have joined the club this January, on a five-month loan from Nice, while outgoing players include Jason McCarthy (loan, Walsall), Dominic Gape (free, Wycombe) and Jose Fonte (£8m, West Ham).

Hassen said: "I am really happy. It’s a pleasure for me to come to England for the first time and I am really happy to get to know the Premier League.

"I am really looking forward to joining the team."

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