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Key Southampton departures

Published 08/07/2015

Toby Alderweireld has joined Tottenham for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract
Toby Alderweireld has joined Tottenham for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract

Southampton have had great success in bringing talent through their own academy and signing players who prove to have good sell-on value.

Here Press Association Sport's Olawale Kuponipe takes a look at the list of departures in recent seasons.

TOBY ALDERWEIRELD

Now 26, the Belgian centre-back joined the Saints on loan from Atletico Madrid having formed a formidable partnership with Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen at Ajax. Alderweireld was a centrepiece in a Ronald Koeman defence which conceded 33 goals in the Premier League last season, second only to champions Chelsea. With fellow Belgian international team-mates Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembele and Vertonghen, Alderweireld will now ply his trade in north London after joining Tottenham for an undisclosed fee from Atletico, despite Southampton believing they had an option to buy the centre-back for £6.8million.

NATHANIEL CLYNE

Clyne developed into a consistent performer in Southampton's defence since joining the club in 2012. An impressive 2014-15 campaign helped him earn his first England cap in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia. Liverpool signed the 24-year-old defender for a reported £12.5million fee on a five-year deal this summer, joining former team mates Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren at the Merseyside club.

RICKIE LAMBERT

Having spent the majority of his career in the lower leagues, Lambert joined Southampton in 2009. The striker became the driving force in Southampton's back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League, winning Championship Player of the Year award with 27 goals. The forward went on to score 28 goals in 75 games in his two seasons in the Premier League before "fulfilling a dream" and joining boyhood idols Liverpool for £4million. Now 33, he has failed to make an impact at the Merseyside club thus far, scoring twice in 25 games.

DEJAN LOVREN

After spending three-and-a-half years at Lyon, winning the 2012 Coupe de France, Southampton beat off stiff competition from Inter Milan and Tottenham to land the Croatian centre-back. Lovren spent one season at St Mary's, helping Saints to an impressive eighth-placed Premier League finish. Liverpool continued their Southampton summer spree by making Lovren, now 26, their third signing from the south-coast club - moving to Anfield for £20million. Lovren's Liverpool career has been marred with a number of inconsistent performances including the penalty shoot-out defeat to Beşiktaş where his skied penalty attempt lead to elimination in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League.

ADAM LALLANA

Lallana joined Southampton at the age of 12 and became a prominent figure at the club, playing a huge role in back-to-back promotions from League One to the Premier League. The midfielder made his England debut in a 2-0 friendly defeat to Chile at Wembley and has gone on to earn 15 caps for his country. An impressive 2013-14 season saw Lallana score nine goals and provide five assists in 37 games, ensuring him a place alongside fellow team-mate Luke Shaw in the 2014 PFA Team of the Year. Following England's World Cup exit, Brendan Rodgers made Lallana his second summer signing, securing a £25million deal for the former Saints skipper.

LUKE SHAW

Shaw emerged into one of the most promising prospects to emerge from the Saints academy. His Premier League performances saw him rewarded with a place in the 2013-14 PFA Team of the Year. The full-back made his England debut against Denmark in a 1-0 friendly win, replacing Ashley Cole at half-time . A host of clubs were queueing up to sign the teenager, but Manchester United eventually signed him for £31million last summer, although injury marred the 19-year-old's first Old Trafford campaign.

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