Matt Le Tissier ‘delighted’ by Southampton signing Charlie Austin

Charlie Austin

The striker completed a £4 million move from Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

Speaking on Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, Matt Le Tissier has revealed his delight at Southampton’s capture of Charlie Austin.

The striker completed a surprise move on Saturday afternoon, with the Saints paying a bargain £4 million fee to secure him from Queens Park Rangers.

That price has been widely regarded as a steal by many, with the striker having managed 45 goals in 82 league games for Rangers since joining 2013.

18 of those came in the Premier League last season, and Le Tissier says he is absolutely delighted by his old club’s latest signing, with several factors making it a fantastic signing.

“I’m absolutely delighted. The business of £4million is an absolute steal for somebody whose goals to game ratio is absolutely superb,” he told Soccer Saturday.

“The important thing for us is that we’ve got an English player in the spine of our team who’s trying to get into the squad for the Euros.”

“That makes it a fantastic signing for Southampton Football Club.”

The arrival of Austin is sure to put further speculation on the future of Graziano Pelle.

The Italian striker has been a big success at St Mary’s since joining at the start of last season, but has hinted that he would like to return to Italy at some point.

There is reported interest in his services as well, with Juventus eyeing a £5 million move according to the Mirror, and Southampton may look to sell given they have now cover in the shape of Austin.

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