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Wednesday 29 August 2012

Emmanuel Mayuka agrees Southampton deal

Zambia forward becomes fifth signing of summer for Saints while Norwich buy Mark Bunn

  • Emmanuel Mayuka played for Maccabi Tel Aviv before joining BSC Young Boys in 2010

Southampton have made their fifth signing of the summer with the capture of forward Emmanuel Mayuka from BSC Young Boys of Switzerland for an undisclosed fee.

The 21-year-old Zambia international has agreed a five-year contract after passing a medical on Tuesday and will be given the No 24 shirt.

He has been granted a work permit and Saints are now waiting for entry clearance for the deal to be ratified.

"He will bring something different to the group that we already have here at Southampton"
Nigel Adkins

Mayuka was at Young Boys for two seasons, scoring 32 goals in 84 appearances, and has also been capped 36 times by his country, scoring 10 goals.

"Emmanuel is a lightning-quick striker who I am sure will excite the fans," Southampton manager Nigel Adkins told the club's official website.

"He is only 21 years old but already has a great deal of experience, notably so at international level.

"He will bring something different to the group that we already have here at Southampton, and I look forward to seeing him pull on our shirt for the first time."

It is hoped Mayuka will be able to link up with his team-mates for Sunday's Barclays Premier League match against Manchester United at the St Mary’s Stadium.

In other transfer news, Norwich City have signed goalkeeper Mark Bunn from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee. The 27-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Carrow Road.

"He is a ‘keeper that will give us valuable experience and competition at first team level," Norwich manager Chris Hughton told the club's official website.

A delighted Bunn said:  "It’s a good time for Norwich – it will be a tough season and I think we’ll do well."

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Key Points

  • Emmanuel Mayuka agrees to join Southampton
  • Former BSC Young Boys forward signs a five-year deal
  • Zambia international has scored 10 goals for his country