Arsenal winger Nathan Tella has confirmed that he has joined Southampton on a permanent basis following a recent trial.
The 18-year-old, who has been at Arsenal since he was eight, was told that his contract wouldn't be extended beyond this summer, prompting a move away from north-London.
This led to a move to Southampton on trial, where he impressed and earned a permanent switch.
Tella wrote on Instagram : “After a great 10 years at Arsenal, sadly I have to move on to a new challenge.
“Thank you everyone who has helped me over the past 10 years to make into the player I am.
“I will miss the boys and hope they all have a great career.
— Shaun Sadler (@ShaunSadler) March 27, 2017
“However, I am delighted to sign with Southampton FC.
“Can't wait to see what the future holds for me at this club.
“Thank you God for allowing me to achieve this goal, and also everyone who has supported me.”
Tella is naturally a winger but can also play on either side as well as at right-back and in midfield. His versatility was reportedly a huge selling point for the Saints, who will put the Nigerian starlet right into their youth ranks.