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Soccer – Saints splash out on Lemina

Mario Lemina is thrilled to have joined Southampton from Juventus after Mauricio Pellegrino paid a club-record transfer fee of £18million to sign the 23-year-old Gabon international. Lemina, who had been linked with Arsenal, Liverpool, West Ham, Watford and Stoke City, has penned a five-year contract with Southampton, who are 4/7 with bet365 to beat Swansea City on Saturday. He is Saints' second signing of the summer following the arrival of central defender Jan Bednarek from Lech Poznan for £5million. Lemina said: "I am really happy to have signed for Southampton. I think that it was the project that attracted me the most and the one my family was really behind." Southampton are 8/15 to finish in the top half of the Premier League table this season.

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