SAINTS have confirmed the capture of promising youngster Sam Amo-Ameyaw following his departure from Tottenham Hotspur.

Reports earlier this summer revealed that the winger had turned down Spurs’ offer of a scholarship, with both Manchester United and Manchester City both believed to have made offers to the highly rated player.

16-year-old Amo-Ameyaw, a winger by trade, played 10 times for Spurs’ under-18s group last term as a 15-year-old, highlighting the belief in his potential.

His talent has also been recognised on the international level, as he has also previously represented England at both under-16 and under-17 level.

Reflecting on his reasoning for joining Saints, Amo-Ameyaw told the club’s website: “In the past if you look at Southampton you see a lot of young players progressing through to the first-team.

“I thought it’s a very good platform for me to progress through and hopefully I’ll be able to do just that at Southampton.

“I’m a good dribbler, I like to receive one-twos off others and get in the box and score. My aim is to get into the first-team as quick as possible, but first I’ve got to do well with the 18s and progress through to that next level.”

Head of Youth Recruitment, Dan Rice added: “We are extremely excited and pleased to have signed Sam. He’s a player that was highly sought after and is regarded as one of the most talented players in his age group at this time.

“Sam is a dynamic attacking player with the ability to play off either wing. He’s a tricky and exciting player who possesses a high level of technique and skill which allows him to excel in one-v-one situations.”

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