Saints snare Young Boy Mayuka as striker pens five-year deal at St Mary's
23:30 GMT, 28 August 2012
Southampton have bolstered their strikeforce with the signing of Zambia forward Emmanuel Mayuka from Young Boys Berne.
The 21-year-old has signed a five-year deal at St Mary's after passing a medical with the newly-promoted Barclays Premier League side on Tuesday.
Mayuka has already been granted a work permit and Saints are now awaiting entry clearance for the deal to be fully ratified, which is expected to happen before the end of this week.
Move: Emmanuel Mayuka has joined Premier League side Southampton
Mayuka joined Maccabi Tel Aviv from his first club Kabwe Warriors four years ago before signing for Young Boys in 2010.
The hitman scored 32 times in two seasons at the Swiss club and has also impressed at international level, becoming the joint top-scorer in Zambia's successful 2012 African Nations Cup campaign.
Saints manager Nigel Adkins is looking forward to working with the pacy 5ft 9in attacker, who is the club's fifth signing of the summer.
'Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans,' Adkins told Southampton's website.
'He is only 21 years old but already has a great deal of experience, notably so at international level.
'He will bring something different to the group that we already have here at Southampton, and I look forward to seeing him pull on our shirt for the first time.'
Next: Gaston Ramirez (left) is also expected to join Southampton
Adkins, whose side beat Stevenage 4-1 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, is expected to add Gaston Ramirez to his squad before the transfer window shuts on Friday.
The Bologna forward has been strongly linked with an 11million transfer to the south-coast club, although Adkins was reluctant to speak about the player until all the formalities of the deal are completed.
He said: 'Until the pieces of paper are signed you can never say it's done but the chairman is working exceptionally hard behind scenes, backing us in what we do. We are very ambitious and there is serious cash to be outlaid if it's going to happen.'
Southampton lost their opening two games in the Barclays Premier League to Manchester City and Wigan.
They host Manchester United this weekend and then travel to Arsenal.