The 20-year-old is the third signing through the door at St Mary’s already this window, following the arrivals of goalkeepers Gavin Bazunu and Mateusz Liz – and the spending is expected to continue on the south coast.
The Saints finished 15th for a second successive season last term, but Crook’s revelation will be exciting news for supporters, with the board seemingly intent on backing Ralph Hasenhuttl in the transfer market.
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He said: “It’s going to be busy summer at St. Mary’s. I was told by a source close to the club last week, Southampton could be looking at as many as 10 signings this summer.”
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Crook did also mention (0:31) that the Saints wouldn’t be following up last season’s loan move for Armando Broja with a permanent bid this summer, but it seems as though we can expect plenty of arrivals nonetheless.
The club’s takeover back in January by Sport Republic appears to have ignited a fresh injection of funds at the club.
However, he has already addressed a major cause for concern in his team, with Bazunu ready to stand between the sticks, with the Saints having the fourth-worst record for goals conceded (67) in the league last term, so perhaps this is just the beginning of the Austrian’s business.