DONE DEAL! Southampton sign former Nice full-back Jeremy Pied on a two-year deal

Southampton have completed the signing of defender Jeremy Pied. 

The 27-year-old full-back joins on a free transfer after leaving Nice at the end of last season and he links up with manager Claude Puel for the third time in his career. 

He is the Saints’ second signing of the day, after Crystal Palace goalkeeper Alex McCarthy signed a three-year deal at St Mary’s.

Pied, who has penned a two-year deal, made 35 appearances last term before ending a four-year stint at the club in May.

He told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to be able to join this new team. I’m very proud.

“The English league is a very attractive one and it was a goal of mine to be able to play in it. I’m now very happy to join Southampton.

“You only have to look at the facilities and their results over the last few seasons to know that this is a very good Premier League club.” 

Pied made his professional debut on loan from Lyon to Metz before breaking into Puel’s team in 2010. 

He joined Nice in 2012, playing three seasons as a first-team regular there interrupted by the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Guingamp.

Executive Director of Football Les Reed added: “The signing of Jeremy confirms the commitment of Southampton to succeed again in the Premier League and Europa League, as well as go for a run in the cup competitions. 

“We already have a top quality right-back in Cedric, whose achievements with Portugal in the summer were outstanding. While Jeremy will provide excellent competition, he is also a versatile defender and again will be pushing Cedric, Cuco [Martina] and the other current defensive incumbents hard.”

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