Ex-Premier League star replaces Southampton striker at Feyenoord

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Former Sheffield United and Blackburn Rovers striker Colin Kazim-Richards has moved from Bursaspor to Feyenoord, replacing Graziano Pelle at the club.

Feyenoord have moved quickly to fill the void left by the departure of Graziano Pelle to Southampton, with Colin Kazim-Richards arriving at the Dutch club on loan.

The 27-year-old has moved to Holland from Turkey, where he previously turned out for Bursaspor, having also featured for Galatasaray and Fenerbahce.

Born in Leytonstone, Kazim-Richards spent several years at Arsenal as a schoolboy before moving to Bury, where he rose through the ranks before moving to Brighton & Hove Albion.

The striker, who can also play on the wing, then moved on to the Premier League with Sheffield United where another single season was enough to earn his first big move to Turkey with Fenerbahce.

The intervening years have seen Kazim-Richards enjoy several loan spells abroad, including loan moves to Toulouse, Olympiakos and Blackburn Rovers.

Still relatively young, the Turkey international will be hoping to make the kind of impact Pelle made with the Dutch club.

Signed after struggling with Parma in Serie A, Pelle thrived during his time in Rotterdam, scoring 55 goals in 66 appearances for the Eredivisie giants.

That tally was enough to convince Southampton to shell out £8 million for the striker, who is hoping a move to the Premier League can help him force his way into the Italy national team setup.

The 29-year-old set a new scoring record for an Italian abroad in Holland, surpassing the previous bests of Luca Toni at Bayern Munich and Christian Vieri at Atletico Madrid.

With a new Azzurri manager appointed in Antonio Conte, Pelle may now have a realistic shot of featuring regularly for the national side, as Italy look to bounce back from their World Cup disappointment and challenge for top honours at Euro 2016 in France.

Check out some of Pelle's best moments from last season.

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