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Gaston Ramirez to Southampton

Southampton has completed the signing of playmaker Gaston Ramirez from Bologna for an undisclosed fee.

Ramirez, 21, had been linked with a number of top European clubs, including Inter Milan, Liverpool, Tottenham, but it is Southampton, newly promoted from the Championship, that has won the race for his services.

Ramirez has signed a four-year contract at St. Mary's with the Barclays Premier League club revealing that a verbal agreement was in place last Friday.

"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," manager Nigel Adkins told the club's official website. "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."

It is believed the Uruguay international cost Southampton around 12 million pounds ($19 million).

Information from Press Association was used in this report.


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