Southampton have confirmed the signing of Armel Bella-Kotchap from Bochum.The Athletic reported earlier on Tuesday that the Premier League club had agreed a...
Southampton have confirmed the signing of Armel Bella-Kotchap from Bochum.
The Athletic reported earlier on Tuesday that the Premier League club had agreed a fee of around €10 million for the 20-year-old Germany youth international.
It is understood Southampton overcame competition from other Premier League and Bundesliga sides to secure the highly-rated defender, who made 22 Bundesliga appearances last season.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I am very pleased that we have been able to secure Armel’s signing.
“He is a player who fits our profile very well and has a huge amount of potential, but with the number of senior games he has already played he can help us immediately.
“I think he has made the perfect choice in wanting to join us and we will now work with him to make sure he reaches his potential both for himself and for the team.
“We already have some very strong options in defence and Armel adds more attributes to that list.”
Bella-Kotchap said: “It’s amazing and I’m delighted to be here. I think, every young player dreams to play in the Premier League and I’m here and I’m happy and thankful for that.”
He has been a first-team regular for Bochum over the past two seasons and has been capped nine times by Germany at under-21 level.Armel Bella-Kotchap completes transfer to Southampton - The Athletic View Story