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Graziano Pellѐ joins Southampton for bargain fee

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As the tall, strong presence of Rickie Lambert exits Southampton in a £4 million dream move to Liverpool, another enters in his place.

29-year-old Italian Graziano Pellѐ has worked under new Saints boss Ronald Koeman for two years at Feyenoord and the Dutchman is keen to sing his praises.

"He scored a lot of goals - more than 50 in two seasons," Koeman is quoted by BBC Sport. "Goals mean points, and we needed a good player in that position after Rickie Lambert left.

"He's a player who gives confidence to the team because he keeps the ball, and he's very dangerous in front of goal."

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Well respected for his speed, ball control and prolific goalscoring, Pellѐ appears a superb capture for the side, who finished strongly in eighth position last season but are expected to suffer through the loss of Mauricio Pochettino, as well as several of their key players.

While the transfer fee has been officially stated as 'undisclosed', it is believed to have been in the region of £8 million - a tiny portion of the potentially gigantic transfer budget Koeman has available following the departure of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

Reinforcements needed

While he initially stated the club would fight hard to keep their key players, the money offered by Manchester United (for Shaw) and Liverpool (for Lallana and Lambert) proved too tempting to turn down, along with the ambitions of the players who had all pushed to leave the club.

Pellѐ becomes the second player to join the club this transfer window, after 25-year-old attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic joined for a fee of around £10 million as a replacement for Lallana.

With the capture of these two players, Koeman has begun the slow and painful job of rebuilding a Southampton side that has seen too many key figures depart and, with main defender Dejan Lovren also pushing hard for a move away from the club, Koeman could very well have his work cut out for him before the start of the new season.

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