Southampton fans in the bar here at the Football Transfer Tavern are toasting the departure of a fan favourite with a few pints of TT Ale this afternoon.
The Saints official site has confirmed that Italian striker, Graziano Pelle has joined Chinese side, Shandong Luneng, and thanked him for his efforts during his two years at the club.
The former Feynoord man helped The Saints achieve back-to-back record breaking seasons in the Premier League, scoring 30 goals in 81 appearances for the club.
The 30-year-old striker grabbed 14 goals last term, and earned himself a place under Antonio Conte during the European Championships in the Italian National Team.
The striker who moved to St Mary’s in 2014, was linked with the likes of Chelsea this summer, but has opted for a big money move to the Chinese Super League.
Pelle is one of many big names to join the the Chinese Super League over recent seasons, with Papisse Cisse making the move earlier this transfer window, and ex-Chelsea star Ramires joining Jiangsu Suning in January.
This is the latest departure from Southampton, as Pelle follows Sadio Mane and Victor Wanyama out the door.
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