MANAGER Russell Martin insists Joe Rothwell can fill the void left by Charly Alcaraz's loan exit.

Alcaraz has departed Saints to join Italian giants Juventus until the end of the season in a deal which includes a £43million optional buy clause.

Having already completed the loan signings of David Brooks and Rothwell, Southampton did not seek to replace Alcaraz on deadline day.

The Argentine midfielder has struggled to adapt to Martin's system this season having quickly established himself as a fan favourite in the Premier League.

Alcaraz only started 13 games for Saints in the Championship before joining the Old Lady.

Asked for his verdict on Southampton's transfer dealings, Martin said: "Charly is out of the building.

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"It is an amazing opportunity for him to go and play at a huge football club with huge history.

"It is also a chance for a player who has probably been a bit frustrated with the minutes that he has played recently.

"We were aware of interest in him from a couple of clubs throughout January - Joe Rothwell was signed early as an addition to Charly.

"He was the guy we wanted so we had to do it early. If Charly stayed it would have been ok, but he has ended up going so we already have Joe in the building.

"I think it suits everyone. Charly wants to play more football and now he has a chance to make an impression at a huge club.

"We have a player here that is really hungry and had limited time at his parent club. We also maintain Charly as a player.

"If he does brilliantly and Juventus want to sign him then that is also good for everyone. We have maintained a good asset, both as a player and financially.

"I am really happy with the business we have done and how we have gone about everything. It was so nice yesterday to have a deadline day where I didn't have to worry about anything."