Southampton complete DOUBLE swoop on deadline day

Southampton have added Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane to their ranks after the pair completed their deadline day switch from Atletico Madrid and Red Bull Salzburg respectively.

Alderweireld, 25, who plays as a full-back and was part of the squad that won the Spanish La Liga, made his switch to the St. Mary’s Stadium on a season-long loan.

“I’m very happy to be here,” Alderweireld told the club’s official website.

“I had a good talk with the coach. First of all, it was very important for me to play this season and the coach gave me a good solution for that.

“The trainer likes how I play and really wanted me to come here, which is what convinced me to come. I really wanted a trainer that believes in me, because that’s important.

“I think this is an upcoming club. Southampton put a lot of effort in to get me, so now I want to give something back to the club by doing my best to help the team. I want to give everything for Southampton.”

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Another deadline day signing was Senegalese winger Mane, 22, who has a very impressive scoring record, notching 45 goals in 87 appearances.

He joins the Saints for £10million on a four year deal with manager Ronald Koeman praising his new acquisition.

“Right from the first meeting I had with Les Reed, when it was clear that we would have to change a lot, Sadio was on our list of potential players.

“I know the player because last season Ajax Amsterdam played against Red Bull Salzburg in Europe, and I saw him playing and I was impressed with his qualities and with the physicality that he showed.

“He can play in different positions in the attack – he can play on the left or right side and also as a number nine. It is incredible how many goals he has scored from his position, and I hope that he will do the same for us.

“With the way that we play and the fact that I know him very well, this is a good step forward for him.”