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Minamino makes move to Southampton, on loan from Liverpool

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Robbie Mustoe and Robbie Earle talk about Danny Ings' desire to leave Southampton, the Saints' move for Takumi Minamino and where Leeds stand midway through their first season back in the Premier League.

Transfer deadline day drama: Southampton completed a sensational piece of unexpected, last-minute business by signing Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino on loan for the remainder of the 2020-21 Premier League season.

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With barely two hours left until the deadline at 6 pm ET on Monday, hardly a word had been spoken regarding Minamino, who joined Liverpool during the January window one year ago, until Southampton came in with a late offer and have very nearly secured the 26-year-old Japanese international’s services for the next six months. Southampton filed a deal sheet with the Premier League earlier on Monday, which provided the club an additional two hours — until 8 pm ET — to complete all of the requisite paperwork.

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Minamino should slot straight into Ralph Hasenhuttl’s matchday squad and have plenty of opportunities to make an instant impact for a Saints side desperate for wins and points (1 win and 6 points from their last 8 Premier League games) and goals (just 3 in the same period).

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Likewise, with just 18 league appearances since signing for Liverpool (the vast majority of which have come from the bench) a year ago, the timing couldn’t be any better for Minamino to go on loan to a club where he’ll have the chance to compete for a spot, and make an impact, week in and week out.

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