OFFICIAL : Joe Aribo joins Southampton.
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OFFICIAL : Joe Aribo joins Southampton.

English Premier League side Southampton Football Club has  announced the signing of Joe Aribo from Rangers on a four-year deal.

The 25-year-old has spent the last three seasons at Rangers where he scored 26 goals in 149 appearances following his 2019 move from Charlton Athletic.

Aribo was instrumental to Rangers first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years and  also won the Scottish Cup plus a runner-up finish in last season’s UEFA Europa League in which he scored in the final.

The Nigerian international with 20 caps to date arrived at Southampton who are excited at the capture of a Midfielder with so much quality and versatility a position captured in the managers comment.

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl 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.

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“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.”

In his first words as a Saint Joe 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.

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“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.”

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