BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – MARCH 16: Anwar El Ghazi of Aston Villa celebrates his aim through the Sky Wager Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on March 16, 2019 in Birmingham, England. (Photograph by Matthew Lewis/Getty Photos)
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Southampton reportedly made a transfer to take Anwar El Ghazi on a everlasting deal from Lille earlier than he dedicated to becoming a member of Aston Villa for round £8m.
In keeping with journalist Duncan Castles (talking by way of the Switch Window podcast), Saints and Everton each got here in with presents for the 24-year-old earlier than Villa made his mortgage deal from final season everlasting.
The Netherlands worldwide labored his approach as much as changing into a key man at Villa Park and he and his teammates had been rewarded with promotion to the Premier League by way of the play-offs.
He made 36 appearances in all competitions and made an essential contribution of six objectives and 6 assists while taking part in on both the best or left wing.
Saints are stated to be looking out for attackers this summer time and El Ghazi could have suited the attacking-midfield roles that must be stuffed within the group’s line-up.
As a naturally direct and right-footed participant, he might have performed on the best with Nathan Redmond on the left-flank the place he was massively efficient final season.
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Nevertheless, together with his everlasting transfer to the West Midlands now confirmed he seems to be set to be lining up in opposition to the opposite pursuers of his signature within the Premier League.
It does look as if Saints have managed to get a participant in that mould already nonetheless.
They confirmed the signing of Moussa Djenepo from Customary Liege yesterday for a price that would reportedly rise to round £15m if performance-related clauses are met in his time at St Mary’s.
Different signings are anticipated, with a striker and a central defender understood to be excessive on the checklist of positions to fill this summer time.
Supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl has spoken about how he needs so as to add vital high quality and never amount to an already crowded squad at his disposal.
A number of studies have hinted on the sale of various first-team gamers lately, with Charlie Austin and Matt Targett doubtlessly on their approach out of the membership.
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