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Southampton sign Richard Chaplow from Preston

Richard Chaplow
Chaplow had been on loan at St Mary's for the last three months

Southampton have signed Preston North End midfielder Richard Chaplow on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee.

The 25-year-old will officially become a Saints player when the transfer window opens on 1 January after agreeing a two-and-a-half year deal.

Chaplow has been on loan at St Mary's for the last three months after falling out of favour at Deepdale.

He told BBC Radio Solent: "I'm delighted to get it done. This is a great club with a great manager."

He added: "With Darren Ferguson getting sacked by Preston we needed to try and push things through.

"Coming down here on loan was always with a view to signing permanently if it worked out for all parties. That's how it's gone and I'm delighted to be here."


"I knew what I was coming into having been here on loan before. I knew the gaffer had done a great job at Scunthorpe and I've just been enjoying being back out on the pitch."

Accrington-born Chaplow has ended a three-year stay at Preston, where he scored eight goals in his 75 appearances.

"I didn't get on too well with Darren Ferguson at Preston, but he's gone now. People like Alan Irvine and the manager here are the sort of managers I want to be around," he added.

Having started his career at Burnley, Chaplow then moved to West Bromwich Albion for £1.5m in January 2005, before joining Preston three years later.

"I think there's lots more to come from me," he said. "I'm only 25, I shouldn't even really be at my peak yet. I've had some big clubs sniffing around me before, and I'm at one now too."

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