Southampton strengthen strike force with double deal as Jones welcomes two ‘really positive’ players

Southampton manager Nathan Jones

Southampton capped off their January transfer activity by sealing the signings of two attacking players on deadline day.

Nathan Jones had already welcomed Mislav Orsic, Carlos Alcaraz and James Bree to his squad during his first transfer window in charge of Southampton. They went on to complete two more additions on deadline day, both to strengthen their attacking ranks.

First, they announced the arrival of Kamaldeen Sulemana from Rennes in a deal believed to be worth £22million.

Sulemana was also a target for relegation rivals Everton – indeed, both clubs had bids accepted – so Southampton will be hoping he has an impact.

The 20-year-old winger has agreed a contract until 2027 at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Of his arrival, Jones said: “This is another really positive addition for us this month. We’ve obviously been keen to add a little more potency to the side, and Kamaldeen is someone who does that for us.

“He’s at a stage in his career where we feel he can help us in the immediate term, but also continue to grow and develop further into the future.”

Sulemana is a full Ghana international who leaves Rennes with 47 appearances and six goals behind him.

Southampton also add Onuachu

In addition, Paul Onuachu has joined on a permanent deal from Genk, signing a contract until 2026. His transfer fee is as yet undisclosed.

The Nigerian centre-forward is the Belgian top-tier’s leading scorer this season after netting 17 times from 22 games so far, but now has a new challenge in the Premier League.

Jones said: “Paul is a significant signing for us and completes what has been an extremely positive month in terms of recruitment.

“He’s a handful to play against, has got a tremendous record throughout his career and he’s also someone who brings great experience with him, so he’ll be a really positive addition to the squad.”

Southampton are currently bottom of the Premier League table, so have needed something new up front in order to try and reverse their fortunes.

Their double signing came after their elimination from the Carabao Cup in the semi-finals to Newcastle. Next on their agenda is a Premier League fixture against Brentford on Saturday.