TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY: Southampton sign Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez

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SOUTHAMPTON have completed the signing of Uruguay winger Gaston Ramirez from Italian side Bologna for a fee thought to be in the region of £12million.

The 21-year-old, who starred for the Uruguayans at the 2012 Olympics, has signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s after the Saints beat off competition from the likes of Tottenham and Liverpool for his signature.

Ramirez, who has 10 caps for Uruguay, moved to Bologna in 2010 from Penarol and made 60 appearances for the Italians.

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins was delighted to pull off the transfer coup.

He told the club’s official website: “A lot of hard work has gone in from the football club with a lot of negotiations behind the scenes to get this deal done.

“Great credit to everyone because we have a young, exciting talent joining us who is one of the best around.

“The chairman has gone and backed this deal big-time with the financial outlay, and what we have got is one of the most exciting prospects in world football coming to St Mary’s.

“There is a lot of ambition at the football club and we are all delighted that Gaston is going to come and join us.”

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