Southampton complete Gaston Ramirez signing

Adkins hails one of the planet's most exciting prospects as Ramirez completes Saints move

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18:05 GMT, 31 August 2012

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Uruguayan international Gaston Ramirez.

The attacker joins the Premier League new boys from Bologna in a deal that be worth up to 15million.

The 21 year-old attacker, who featured in the recent Olympic football tournament, has been chased by a host of top clubs across Europe, including Liverpool.

Heading for England: Gaston Ramirez has completed his move to Southampton

Heading for England: Gaston Ramirez has completed his move to Southampton

A statement on the Saints website said:
'The deal to bring Ramirez to St Mary's was quickly agreed and processed
over ten days ago with a work permit appeal being successfully granted
last Friday.

'Only the finer details of the
transfer prevented his signing from being completed and, with those
matters now taken care of, Ramirez has signed a four-year contract.'

Manager Nigel Adkins said: 'A lot of
hard work has gone in from the football club with a lot of negotiations
behind the scenes to get this deal done.

'Great credit to everyone because we have a young, exciting talent joining us who is one of the best around.

'The chairman has gone and backed
this deal big-time with the financial outlay, and what we have got is
one of the most exciting prospects in world football coming to St
Mary’s.

'There is a lot of ambition at the football club and we are all delighted that Gaston is going to come and join us.'