Joe Aribo joins Southampton for £6m

Joe Aribo joins Southampton for £6m

Super Eagles star, Joe Aribo, has joined Premier League side, Southampton, for £6m from Scottish Premiership side, Rangers FC.

The Nigerian international joined the Saints on a four-year deal after spending the last three years at the Ibrox since joining the Scottish giants in 2019 from Charlton Athletic.

Aribo made 149 appearances and scored 26 goals for Rangers, including the opener at the 2021/22 Europa League final which they lost on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt.

Aribo said: “It’s an amazing club with a lot of history here, and it’s a good plan with what’s to come next. I’m really excited for the journey.

“The Premier League is the best league in the world. I’ve been watching it since I was a young boy, it’s always been a goal for me to play here and show what I can do on this stage.

“It’s an amazing feeling, a dream come true. This is where I’ve wanted to be since I was a child growing up playing, so to say that I’m here now is really exciting.”

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl said: “Joe is a player with many qualities to his game, and we are very excited to welcome him to the squad in time for the pre-season trip to Austria.

“We believe Joe can bring energy and creativity to our side. Feeling comfortable in so many different positions is very helpful for a manager and shows he has a high level of football intelligence, with the ability to take on new information quickly.

“He has played a lot of games already in his career, at a very high level, and his performances in the Europa League prove he has the quality to play in the Premier League. This is a big ambition for him, and he is hungry to show everybody he can do it.”

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