DONE DEAL: Southampton Sign Zambian Striker

Saints land striker Emmanuel Mayuka.
The 21-year-old will move to St Mary’s for an undisclosed fee having agreed a five-year deal to keep him at the Club until the summer of 2017.

Mayuka underwent a successful medical earlier today and will be allocated the number 24 shirt once his move is complete.

The Zambia international has already been granted a work permit by the Home Office and Saints are now awaiting entry clearance for the deal to be fully ratified, which is expected to happen before the end of this week.

Should the formalities be resolved as anticipated, Mayuka will link up with his new team ahead of Sunday’s Barclays Premier League home fixture against Manchester United.

“Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans,” First Team Manager Nigel Adkins said of the Club’s fifth summer signing.

“He is only 21 years old but already has a great deal of experience, notably so at international level.”

The forward was also joint top scorer for Zambia as the minnows dramatically won the 2012 African Cup of Nations, beating heavily fancied Ivory Coast on penalties in the final.

The signing will cast further doubt on the role that star striker Rickie Lambert will play at St Mary’s this season. The 30-year-old Liverpudlian, who finished top scorer in the League One two seasons ago and managed the same feat in the Championship last season, was left on the bench for Southampton’s opening match against Man City.

Although he scored with almost his first touch after being introduced by boss Nigel Adkins just before the hour, there have been some suggestions that Saints will limit the big striker to an impact sub role this season, despite his heroics in the previous two campaigns.

Mayuka’s arrival, plus the presence of Jay Rodriguez and Billy Sharp – both signed in the past six months – could see Lambert surprisingly marginalised at St Mary’s, a situation that would undoubtedly baffle and anger the Saints faithful.

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