Saints sign two more

Southampton have bolstered their ranks ahead of the new season with the signing of Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy and French defender Jeremy Pied.

The duo join Nathan Redmond, from Norwich, and Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg who have already been added to the Saints’ squad.

McCarthy, who revealed he was honoured to have joined a club of Southampton’s stature and heritage, has signed a three-year deal, while Pied moves to the south coast on a free transfer after parting ways with the Ligue 1 side during the off-season, and has agreed to a two-year contract.

McCarthy, who will be competing for the number one jersey with Fraser Forster, told the club’s official website: “I’m over the moon to join a club like this.

“The club is known for producing young players and they’ve had successful seasons. There’s the Europa League to look forward to this season, so there’s going to be a lot of games.

“With the stature of the club, I’m honoured to be here and I’m looking forward to getting working with everyone.”

Pied has worked with Saints boss Claude Puel on two separate occasions at Lyon and Nice, and the 27-year-old Frenchman admitted he is delighted with the move.

He said: “I am very happy to be able to join this new team. I’m very proud. The English league is a very attractive one and it was a goal of mine to be able to play in it.

“I’m now very happy to join Southampton. You only have to look at the facilities and their results over the last few seasons to know that this is a very good Premier League club.”

A beaming executive director of football Les Reed exclaimed: “The signing of Jeremy confirms the commitment of Southampton to succeed again in the Premier League and Europa League, as well as go for a run in the cup competitions.

“We already have a top quality right-back in Cedric (Soares), whose achievements with Portugal in the summer were outstanding. While Jeremy will provide excellent competition, he is also a versatile defender and again will be pushing Cedric, Cuco [Martina] and the other current defensive incumbents hard.

“The squad is training very well and there is real competition all-round, which is only right for an ambitious team. They will all be called upon this year to contribute to our pursuit for success, and Jeremy will only add to that.”