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Arsenal sign Calum Chambers from Southampton; Ayew to Lorient

Arsenal F.C. have completed the signing of former England Under-19 international defender Calum Chambers from Southampton.

Arsenal F.C. have completed the signing of former England Under-19 international defender Calum Chambers from Southampton.

Chambers, 19, arrives in a deal believed to be worth up to £16million and exits St Mary’s, like former team-mates Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Dejan Lovren and Rickie Lambert.

The 19-year-old right-back is the Gunners’ fourth summer acquisition, joining the likes of Alexis Sanchez, David Ospina and Mathieu Debuchy at the Emirates Stadium.

“We are very pleased that Calum has agreed to join us,” Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger told the club’s official website. “The way he adapted to the Premier League last season with Southampton at a young age shows he has tremendous quality.

“He has a lot of the attributes that we look for in a young player and I am sure he will do well with us.”

Chambers added: “I am so happy to be signing for Arsenal. They are a team I have much admired for their playing style, and a team who have been one of the top sides in Europe for many years.

“I’m looking forward to joining up with my new team-mates today and beginning preparation for the season ahead.

“I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone at Southampton FC for everything they have done for me and for making this move possible.”

Chambers made 24 first-team appearances, including 22 in the English Premier League, for the Saints last term.

Ayew to Lorient

FC Lorient have confirmed the signing of Jordan Ayew from Olympique de Marseille for an undisclosed fee.

The Ghana international, 22, has put pen to paper on a four-year contract with Le FCL after failing to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Stade Vélodrome.

“The style and quality of play here attracted me,” Ayew told the club’s official website. “I was also impressed by the infrastructure of FCL. It will allow us to work well every day and progress.

“I will try to bring my experience to the squad to achieve the goals set for the club.”

Lorient general director Arnaud Tanguy also made it clear that he is delighted with the arrival of the 22-year-old ace.

“We are very happy with this arrival,” Tanguy said. “It is a signing which shows the club’s ambition to keep progressing.”

Ayew, the younger brother of Marseille winger Andre Ayew, made three appearances at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, claiming five shots on target and a yellow card.

Tue 29 July, 2014
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