Southampton complete the signing of Joe Aribo from Rangers in a deal which could rise to £10m, with the midfielder penning a four-year contract to become the club’s fifth summer arrival
- Southampton have officially announced the signing of Joe Aribo from Rangers
- The midfielder has penned a four-year deal and is Saints’ fifth summer arrival
- Club were able to beat off competition from a number of Premier League rivals
- A fee of £6m will be paid up-front with further add-ons included in the transfer
Southampton have completed the signing of Joe Aribo from Rangers in a deal that could rise to £10m.
The midfielder has joined on a four-year deal and become the fifth signing of a busy summer for the south coast club.
Sportsmail reported on Tuesday that Southampton were hoping to beat off competition from some of their Premier League rivals to land the versatile 25 year-old and talks accelerated quickly between the two clubs.
Southampton have officially completed the signing of midfielder Joe Aribo from Rangers
Southampton will pay an initial £6m for Aribo with further add-ons included in the deal.
He follows goalkeepers Gavin Bazunu and Mateusz Lis, defender Armel Bella-Kotchap and fellow midfielder Romeo Lavia to St Mary’s in this window.
Southampton have added a versatile player to their squad in Aribo who played in central midfield, attacking midfield, down the right and ended the season up front due to injuries elsewhere in Giovanni Van Bronckhorst’s Rangers squad.
The 25-year-old midfielder has penned a four-year deal, and is the Saints’ fifth summer arrival
And also a talented and robust one. Aribo moves to Southampton following an impressive season in which he was one of Rangers’ most used players, making 57 appearances, scoring nine times – including in the Europa League final against Eintracht Frankfurt – and set up 10 more.
Aribo said: ‘It’s an amazing club with a lot of history here, and it’s a good plan with what’s to come next. I’m really excited for the journey.
‘The Premier League is the best league in the world. I’ve been watching it since I was a young boy, it’s always been a goal for me to play here and show what I can do on this stage.
‘It’s an amazing feeling, a dream come true. This is where I’ve wanted to be since I was a child growing up playing, so to say that I’m here now is really exciting.’
Ralph Hasenhuttl said Aribo is a ‘player with many qualities’ and one who can ‘bring energy’
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: ‘Joe is a player with many qualities to his game, and we are very excited to welcome him to the squad in time for the pre-season trip to Austria.
‘We believe Joe can bring energy and creativity to our side. Feeling comfortable in so many different positions is very helpful for a manager and shows he has a high level of football intelligence, with the ability to take on new information quickly.
‘He has played a lot of games already in his career, at a very high level, and his performances in the Europa League prove he has the quality to play in the Premier League. This is a big ambition for him, and he is hungry to show everybody he can do it.’