Southampton have signed German U21 defender Armel Bella-Kotchap from VfL Bochum, the Premier League membership has introduced.
The 20-year-old has signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s after making 74 appearances for the German aspect.
French-born Bella-Kotchap helped Bochum win promotion again to the highest tier in 2021 earlier than making 26 appearances whereas retaining their Bundesliga standing final season.
Saints coach Ralph Hasenhuttl advised the membership’s web site: “I am very completely satisfied we had been in a position to safe Armel’s signing.
“He’s a participant who suits our profile very properly and has huge potential, however with the variety of senior matches he has already performed, he can assist us instantly.
“I feel he has made the right selection when he desires to affix us and we’ll now work with him to make sure that he reaches his potential each for himself and for the staff.”
Bella-Kotchap performed within the junior ranks of Rot Weiss Ahlen earlier than transferring to Bochum on the age of 15. He now feels that Southampton is the perfect place to proceed his growth.
He stated: “I feel each younger participant goals of enjoying within the Premier League and I’m right here and I’m completely satisfied and grateful for that.
“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 that they need to do a challenge with me and that I’m able to go and I’ll battle for my place.”