Southampton have signed striker Adam Armstrong from Blackburn Rovers on a four-year deal.
Armstrong, who scored 28 goals for Blackburn in the Championship last season, has joined for an undisclosed transfer fee rumoured to be worth an initial £15m.
“It’s unbelievable to be here - such a massive club with a great fanbase and it’s just something that I’m really looking forward to,” Armstrong said upon completing the transfer.
“I thought it was perfect as my next step. I wanted to get back to the Premier League from what I’ve done for Blackburn, so I’m over the moon.”
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Southampton have long been linked with signing Armstrong as Ings’ Saints future looked uncertain.
A number of Premier League clubs were reportedly interested in securing Armstrong’s signature, most notably Crystal Palace, and Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is “very pleased” at signing his top target.
”Adam was a big target for us this summer, so we are very pleased to have added him to the squad, especially as there was a lot of interest in him from other clubs too,” said Hasenhuttl.
“He is at a good stage of his career for him to be coming here. He is a young, dynamic player who has developed well so far and already has good experience, as well as an impressive goal scoring record, and I believe we can now help him realise even more of his potential.
“He will bring a lot of qualities to our team, and he gives us another good option in attack, which will be important for us.”
Armstrong started his career at Newcastle United. The Magpies are reportedly set to receive money for this transfer due to a sell-on clause.
The striker has also had loan spells at Coventry City, Barnsley, and Blackburn before signing permanently with the Lancashire club. He has also been capped at England Under-21 level.
This is Southampton’s second transfer for a striker today. Chelsea’s Armando Broja joined on loan this morning.