Southampton have signed defender Armel Bella-Kotchap from Bochum for around € 10 million (£ 8.6 million).
The 20-year-old, who has signed a four-year contract, performed 74 occasions for the Bundesliga membership.
He made 26 appearances when he helped Bochum win the Bundesliga 2 and promotion to the German prime class in 2021.
“He’s a participant who suits our profile very properly and has huge potential,” stated Southampton supervisor Ralph Hasenhuttl.
“However with the variety of senior matches he has already performed, he may help us instantly.
“I believe he has made the right selection when he desires to affix us and we are going to now work with him to make sure that he reaches his potential each for himself and for the crew.”
The German U20 worldwide made 22 appearances final season when Bochum secured his Bundesliga standing by ending thirteenth.
“I believe each younger participant desires of enjoying within the Premier League and I am right here and I am completely happy and grateful for that,” stated Bella-Kotchap.
“The coach has a big effect on me. We communicate the identical language and his curiosity was very huge for me.
“The membership satisfied me and stated they wish to do a challenge with me and I’m able to go and I’ll combat for my place.”
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