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Ramirez underlines Saints ambition

Nigel Adkins believes the signing of Gaston Ramirez will prove Southampton’s ambition.

The Uruguayan international has in the past been linked with the likes of Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Italian champions Juventus have also been credited with an interest in the 21-year-old forward earlier this summer.

However, in one of the biggest surprises of the transfer window, it is Premier League new-boys Southampton who are set to take Ramirez from Bologna in a club record £11.8million deal. And in doing so, manager Adkins believes nobody can now question their ambition.

"It looks exciting, doesn't it?" he said. “It obviously shows the ambition of the football club. I know the chairman, Nicola Cortese, is very ambitious here and it is great. We were in administration a few years ago and we've come a hell of a long way in a short space of time.

"To be linked with players as such - and don't forget we broke the transfer record in the summer when we signed Jay Rodriguez - shows we're very ambitious, but likewise we'll cut our cloth accordingly. But we're very, very ambitious and having reached the Premier League now, very quickly, we've got to give ourselves an opportunity to do well there."

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