Teenage striker Sekou Mara has signaled his intention to become “one of the best” after signing a four-year deal with Southampton.
The Paris-born 19-year-old, a France Under-21 international, has completed his move from Bordeaux, subject to international approval, after the two clubs reached an agreement in principle last week.
Mara told the club’s official website: “I’m delighted to sign for Southampton and be a Saint for the next few years. Southampton gave me a good opportunity to develop myself.
“I’m a young player and I have to work. I think Southampton is the best club for me to develop and become one of the best. I’m impatient to start and score goals with this team.”
Mara, who scored six Ligue 1 goals last season, was previously at Paris St Germain and Boulogne-Billancourt before joining Bordeaux in 2017.
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Sekou comes here to score goals and has shown in the French league that he can do it. Now he has to work hard and show he can do it in the Premier League.
“He’s a young man who will need time to adjust to a new country and a new league but we’re excited about his potential and what he can become in the future.”
Mara is the club’s sixth signing of the summer at St Mary’s Stadium, after goalkeepers Gavin Bazunu and Mateusz Lis, defender Armel Bella-Kotchap and midfielders Romeo Lavia and Joe Aribo.
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/southampton-bordeaux-mara-paris-france-b2130865.html Southampton sign Sekou Mara from Bordeaux on a four-year deal