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Done Deal: Southampton Confirm Second New Signing In 24 Hours

Jérémy Pied joins Southampton FC on a 2 year deal, pictured at Southampton FC's Staplewood Campus, Southampton, 1st August 2016, pictured with Executive Director of Football Les Reed

Southampton have tonight confirmed the signing of French defender Jérémy Pied on a two-year deal.

The former French under-21 international follows manager Claude Puel from Ligue 1 side Nice and becomes the club’s second signing of the day, following the acquisition of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy on Monday afternoon.

Speaking about his arrival at Southampton on a free transfer, Pied revealed that he had a long-standing ambition to play in the Premier League, one that he can now realise:

“I am very happy to be able to join this new team. I’m very proud. The English league is a very attractive one and it was a goal of mine to be able to play in it.

“I’m now very happy to join Southampton. You only have to look at the facilities and their results over the last few seasons to know that this is a very good Premier League club.”

He also revealed the role that a former Saint played in his decision to move to the club. He spoke to Morgan Schneiderlin, now of Manchester United, about his experience at Southampton:

Pied signed for Nice in 2012, having also worked with Puel at previous club Lyon. He made almost 100 appearances for the side, but was released at the end of his contract in June.

Jeremy PIED of Nice during the French Ligue 1 between Lyon and Nice at Stade de Gerland on April 15, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Jean Paul Thomas / Icon Sport) (Photo by Jean Paul Thomas/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Primarily a right back, the 27-year-old has been brought in to provide competition for Cuco Martina and Portuguese international Cédric Soares, a situation referenced by director of football Les Reed upon welcoming Pied to the club:

“The signing of Jérémy confirms the commitment of Southampton to succeed again in the Premier League and Europa League, as well as go for a run in the cup competitions. 

“We already have a top quality right-back in Cédric, whose achievements with Portugal in the summer were outstanding. While Jérémy will provide excellent competition, he is also a versatile defender and again will be pushing Cédric, Cuco [Martina] and the other current defensive incumbents hard.”

Having added a defender today, Southampton might soon face a battle to keep hold one. Reports over the weekend suggested that Everton, now manager by former Saints boss Ronald Koeman, would look to bring star centre back José Fonte to Goodison Park, preparing a £9m bid to land the 32-year-old captain.

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