Belfast Telegraph

Saints swoop for duo

Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane have completed their deadline-day moves to Southampton, who have managed to keep hold of Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.

­At the end of what has been a hectic summer at St Mary's, Ronald Koeman's side managed to make two impressive additions as several players left on loan.

Alderweireld joined from Primera Division champions Atletico Madrid on a season-long loan with the option for a permanent move, which Press Association Sport understands would cost Saints eight million euros (£6.3million).

Mane arrives on a four-year deal from Red Bull Salzburg for a fee understood to be £10million, while Gaston Ramirez's move to Hull is the headline outgoing player.

The closing of the transfer window marks the end of a long, energy-sapping summer for Saints.

Having lost manager Mauricio Pochettino to Tottenham, Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren joined Liverpool, with Calum Chambers going to Arsenal and Luke Shaw joining Manchester United.

It was an unparalleled sale but Saints reinvested the money wisely, first bringing in Dusan Tadic from FC Twente and then Feyenoord's Graziano Pelle.

Chelsea left-back Ryan Bertrand soon arrived on loan with a view to buy, followed by England goalkeeper Fraser Forster from Celtic, Hull's Shane Long and Steaua Bucharest centre-back Florin Gardos.

They were joined on Monday by two more new faces, with Alderweireld signing despite competition from a number of other Barclays Premier League clubs.

"I'm very happy to be here," the Belgium international told the club's official website,

"I had a good talk with the coach. First of all, it was very important for me to play this season and the coach gave me a good solution for that.

"The trainer likes how I play and really wanted me to come here, which is what convinced me to come. I really wanted a trainer that believes in me, because that's important.

"I think this is an upcoming club. Southampton put a lot of effort in to get me, so now I want to give something back to the club by doing my best to help the team. I want to give everything for Southampton."

Mane soon joined the Belgian on a four-year deal, completing an impressive summer's work for Koeman made better by managing to keep hold of Schneiderlin and Rodriguez.

While they remained on the south coast, the last day of the window saw several players leave for pastures new.

Uruguay international Ramirez - two years on from joining from Bologna in a club-record £12million deal - joined Hull on a season-long loan in search of regular first-team football, although the deal contained no option to make the move permanent.

Jos Hooiveld, an integral part in the side's rise to the top flight, joined Norwich on loan for the remainder of the campaign, when his deal at St Mary's expires.

Youngsters Jake Sinclair and Jack Stephens were loaned to Hibs and Swindon, respectively, while Saphir Taider's ill-fated spell at the club was brought to an end.

The 22-year-old midfielder joined Saints on loan for the campaign on August 6, with a view to signing permanently from Inter Milan.

The deal for Taider saw club-record signing Dani Osvaldo go the other way, although his spell at St Mary's has been even more farcical than the Italy international's.

Having been an unused substitute in all three of Saints' matches, Taider left the club and subsequently joined Sassuolo

A statement from Southampton read: "The midfielder joined Saints for the 2014-15 campaign but, having failed to live up to the high levels of commitment expected of Southampton players, that arrangement has been cut short by the club."


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