Takumi Minamino joins Southampton on a loan deal

Southampton made a big move before the January transfer window deadline by signing Takumi Minamino until the end of this season

Southampton made a big move before the January transfer window deadline by signing Takumi Minamino.

The negotiations for the Liverpool winger ended just a few hours before the transfer deadline. The two clubs agreed on a deal to see Minamino stay at St Mary’s until the end of this season.

The 26-year-old underwent a medical check yesterday evening preparing to join his new teammates ahead of today’s game against Manchester United.

According to reports, the Japanese international failed to be registered early enough to make his debut against Man Utd. The good news is that he will be available in the league clash against Newcastle.

Minamino will look forward to following the footsteps of Maya Yoshida, his fellow Japanese international. He will become the second Japanese international to play for Southampton.

Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhuttl, is pleased with his arrival. In an interview, he said:

“I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season.

“He will help provide another good attacking option, and is importantly the right profile of player for us.

“This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time, and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch.”

Takumi Minamino joins Southampton

His arrival at St Mary’s saw Shane Long moving to Bournemouth on loan for the rest of the season.

shane long joins Bournemouth
shane long joins Bournemouth

Jason Tindall, Bournemouth manager said: “I am delighted to bring an attacker of Shane’s experience and quality to the club.

“As well as his undoubted technical ability, Shane’s character, maturity and leadership skills are something we have been searching for to add to what is a relatively young squad.

“He has played at the highest level for the majority of his career – including the past nine seasons – and we are hoping to bring the best out of him over the coming months as we aim to gain promotion back to the Premier League.”

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Minamino’s stunning performances at Salzburg catalyzed his move to Liverpool, where he was also part of the team that won the English Premier League.