CONFIRMED: Southampton land Koeman favourite - can he outscore Lambert?

St Marys Southampton

Southampton have not only replaced Adam Lallana this week, but now also Rickie Lambert with the signing of Feyenoord striker Graziano Pelle.

Serbian winger Dusan Tadic was snapped up from Twente earlier this week to replace Lallana, and now new manager Robald Koeman has returned to the Eredivisie - and specifically his former club Feyenoord - in order to sign Lambert's replacement, signing 28-year-old Pelle.

The Italian scored a staggering 55 goals in just 66 games under Koeman at De Kuip, and as soon as he was appointed, many believed that Pelle would be the answer to Lambert's departure - and that's proven to be the case as the Saints confirmed Pelle's arrival today.

"I had some teams interested in me, but this is going to be the best choice for me because the club wants to keep improving every year." said Pelle. "The talks between us were only short in terms of how long it took to convince each other. I was pretty sure that, for me, this would be a great step."

"[Ronald] Koeman and I worked together for two amazing years at Feyenoord, and I hope that it will be the same here. There are many good things about this club other than the trainer. The Premier League is amazing, and Southampton is showing year-by-year that it wants to improve."

Koeman's time working alongside Pelle was clearly the most productive of the Italian's career, and he's hopeful that he can continue that on the South Coast - as well as giving an insight into what kind of player he is.

"I had Graziano in my team for my last two years at Feyenoord," said Koeman." He scored a lot of goals – more than 50 in two seasons – and they brought a lot of points to the club. Goals mean points, and we needed a good player in that position after Rickie Lambert left."

"In terms of his qualities, he’s a tall striker with a lot of movement and he’s fast. He’s a player who gives confidence to the team because he keeps the ball, and he’s very dangerous in front of goal. He’s almost 29 years old, so he brings a little bit of experience to a young team."

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