Date published: Sunday 4th October 2020 6:37
Southampton have confirmed the signing of France under-21 international Ibrahima Diallo on a four-year deal.
The 21-year-old central midfielder joins from Ligue 1 side Brest and becomes the Saints’ third summer signing.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “We are happy to bring him in here. He is an important signing for us, because in midfield we only have so many alternatives, and he showed in France that he is a fantastic midfield player.
“I am very happy that he will come to us and hopefully he will have a good time with us.
“He’s a very smart one, a very clever one, he reads the game very well.
“He’s also quick and dynamic, against the ball very aggressive and with the ball also with good decision making, so he is a player who I think fits perfectly in our team.”
Diallo becomes Hojbjerg replacement
Diallo effectively replaces Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, who Southampton sold to Tottenham earlier in the summer.
Hasenhuttl had reportedly wanted Ibrahim Sangare before he moved to PSV, forcing him to move for Diallo as an alternative.
The French midfielder came through the youth ranks at Monaco before joining Brest in 2018.
Southampton confirmed the deal after winning 2-0 at home to West Brom on Sunday.