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Southampton finalizes late hour Takumi Minamino loan move.

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The move has also enabled Southampton to send Shane Long out on loan to Championship promotion hopefuls Bournemouth.

Liverpool’s Takumi Minamino has completed a sensational loan move to Southampton in the dying embers of January’s transfer deadline day.

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The Japan international has agreed to spend the remainder of the season on the south coast as he goes in search of more game time, having struggled to break into Jürgen Klopp’s plans this season.

The transfer window seemed to be drawing to a quiet close, before news broke of the Saints’ pursuit of the 26-year-old with fewer than two hours remaining to seal the deal.

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Having passed a last-minute medical, the 11th-hour loan move has been confirmed in a statement on Southampton’s website.

Boss Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “I am very pleased to welcome Takumi to our squad for the rest of this season.

“He will help provide another good attacking option, and is importantly the right profile of player for us. This will give us some additional depth in our squad at an important time, and I am looking forward to beginning work with him on the training pitch.”

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Minamino – who only joined Liverpool from RB Salzburg a year ago – has featured 17 times in all competitions this season, but has struggled for starts behind the established front three of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.

Takumi Minamino is on the move | James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images

However, he has still managed four goals and two assists, and his versatility means he will give the Saints an option out wide and in attacking midfield.

A lack of quality depth would have been a real concern for Hasenhuttl as his side attempt to mount a European challenge in the second half of the season.

The Irishman has never been a regular scorer at St Mary’s, but his hard work and willingness to run the channels had seen him in stay in favour over the past few seasons.

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Minamino is Southampton’s only arrival of the January window, while young defender Yan Valery was the second player to leave the club on deadline day.

He’s joined Birmingham City on loan, having been shut out of the first team picture by Kyle Walker-Peters.

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Southampton’s Minamino loan move from Liverpool ‘close deal’

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The 26-year-old has found minutes difficult to come by since arriving on Merseyside, but has managed to score four times in his limited appearances this season.

They have left it late, but Southampton are closing in on a deal that would bring Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino to St Mary’s on loan until the end of the season.

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The Saints also made an attempt to sign Neco Williams on a temporary basis earlier on in the day, only to be told no on the Wales international.

Minamino has jostled for minutes with the likes of Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri behind the Reds’ established front three this season, but looks to have been squeezed out of the picture for the time being.

With Diogo Jota nearing a return, Minamino’s situation isn’t anticipated to improve, and while Liverpool weren’t actively looking to loan him out, they have not discouraged offers.

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The Athletic’s David Ornstein reports that Southampton have expressed an interest in the former RB Salzburg forward in the final hours of the window and are hopeful of getting the paperwork over the line in time to register him for the second half of the season.

Southampton are closing on Minamino | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Ornstein says the clubs are in ‘advanced talks’ and while the deal isn’t done yet, there is believed to be a growing excitement at Southampton about adding him to their attacking ranks.

The versatile Minamino has the ability to accompany Danny Ings up front while he can also feature in a wide midfield position, making him a potentially invaluable asset to Ralph Hasenhuttl, who wants to strengthen his forward options.

The 26-year-old has found minutes difficult to come by since arriving on Merseyside, but has managed to score four times in his limited appearances this season.

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He netted a brace against Lincoln City in the FA Cup, as well as goals against Arsenal and Crystal Palace, but those have been his only strikes in his 31 appearances since arriving from Salzburg.

A successful loan could see him return to Anfield a rejuvenated player, ready to either challenge for starts or move on for a substantial profit on the £7.5m they paid to sign him a year ago.

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Kagawa convinced me to join Liverpool and shun United – Minamino reveal


Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino has revealed how former Manchester United player and Japan teammate Shinji Kagawa helped convince him to move to Anfield.

Minamino signed for the Reds in January for just over £7m following a set of impressive performances for Austrian side RB Salzburg. The 25-year-old is still settling into life in England though, having made just four appearances for Liverpool thus far.

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Minamino has now revealed that Kagawa played an important role in his decision to join Liverpool, with the Japanese midfielder having played under Jurgen Klopp during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Speaking to Liverpool’s official matchday programme, he said (via The Mirror): “I spoke to Maya Yoshida at Southampton but I didn’t ask him about Liverpool.


“I just told him that I would be coming to the Premier League, but I never told him that it would be Liverpool!

“I also spoke to Shinji Kagawa as he had played for Jurgen Klopp at Dortmund, too. Klopp talked to me about Shinji and Shinji talked about Klopp and from that I could sense that they had a really good relationship.

Shinji Kagawa (Left) | Jurgen Klopp (Right)

“Shinji said that Klopp was one of the best coaches in the world and now that I am here and working for him I have also realised he is one of the best coaches around.”

Minamino will be hoping to find his feet at the club soon, and despite having little chance in the league to impress, it is likely that he will get his shot in the FA Cup next Tuesday when Liverpool take on Chelsea.


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