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Southampton confirm £12m signing of Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham

Southampton have confirmed the signing of defender Kyle Walker-Peters on a five-year deal.

The right back has been on loan at St Mary’s since January and moved for a fee of around £12million plus add-ons. 

The deal was announced after midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg moved the other way in a separate £20m deal.

Kyle Walker-Peters told the club’s official website: ‘I’m delighted to have signed here. The last few months on loan have been great for me and a lot of fun too. I’ve really enjoyed my football, the atmosphere here and also the style of play.

‘The club definitely fits the way I like to play, and I hope that people were able to see that during the last month or so of the season.

‘I feel like I’ve already developed in the time I’ve been here, and that’s a big part of wanting to stay too. Obviously, it’s a club with a great reputation for improving young players and, personally, I’ve found it really valuable working under the manager, with his ideas on the game and what he expects from you as an individual.

‘I think the way we finished the season gives us real optimism about where we’re heading too, and it just feels like a really good place for me to keep developing as a player and make the best out of what I have.’  

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl added: ‘It was not easy for Kyle when he arrived here. He needed some time to adapt to our style of play, and then we had this period where we could not be together as a team.

‘But you could see from how he performed when we came back that he had worked a lot in this time, both on his physical condition and also on his understanding of our own game. It says a lot to me about this player that he was able to do this.

‘He is a very good fit for our style. He is a young, intelligent player, and he is very good on the ball, with good quickness and an ability to play this intense style that we like.

‘I am very pleased we have been able to bring him back as our player, as this is a position that we have been looking to improve in and Kyle does this for us. I think he can develop his game even more here too.’

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