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Southampton sign Wanyama
Jul. 11, 2013 6:51 PM EST
Southampton have confirmed the arrival of midfielder Victor Wanyama from Celtic on a four-year deal.
The Kenya international has reportedly cost the Premier League side £12 million, and becomes Mauricio Pochettino's second signing of the close-season following the acquisition of Dejan Lovren.
And Wanyama has thanked the south-coast club for handing him the opportunity to test himself in one of Europe's top leagues.
"It feels great and I am happy to be here," he told Southampton's official website. "Finally it has happened and we've come to the end (of negotiations), so I am delighted.
"There were other options, but Southampton is a club with ambitions so I chose to came here. Southampton is a good club and it has good players, so I just want to train hard and work hard to be a part of the starting XI. We'll see where that will take me.
"I'm very grateful to be here and I'm looking forward to playing in the Premier League.
"I've seen that the stadium is great and the dressing room is looking good, and I know some of the players. I hope they will help me and I think I will get along with the others, so it will be good.
"I am happy to be a part of Southampton's squad. It means a lot because because it has been my dream to play in the Premier League and now I am here."
Wanyama has spent the last two campaigns in the Scottish Premier League after joining Celtic from Belgian club Beerschot AC in 2011.
He helped the Parkhead outfit to two SPL titles during his time in Scotland and also impressed during two forays into the UEFA Champions League.
Southampton will now hope that the 22-year-old can boost their prospects as they prepare for a second campaign back in the top flight of English football.