Southampton troll rivals Portsmouth after signing their £15m ex-star Bazunu

Southampton have taken an opportunity to poke fun at their bitter rivals following the signing of Gavin Bazunu just two months after he was named as Portsmouth's player of the season.

The Premier League outfit have secured a five-year contract with the Republic of Ireland international, who leaves Manchester City, after he spent a season in League One with Rochdale before making 44 appearances for Pompey in the same division last time out.

Just before the official Saints' announcement on Twitter, they went back through the platform to find a May tweet from Portsmouth that confirmed Bazunu as their player of the season – adding a smirking emoji to the delight of their supporters.

One fan wrote: "I bet Pompey fans must be mad now."

With a second adding: "We are the biggest team on the south coast by far."


And a fourth agreeing: "what an announcement hahahahahahha."

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Bazunu made 44 appearances in League One last season keeping 16 clean sheets and conceding only 51 goals as Portsmouth finished 10th in the final table.

The 20-year-old, who made 10 appearances for his country in 2021, was also named as the players' player of the season alongside his player of the season gong.

Southampton said regarding the deal: "Southampton Football Club are delighted to announce it has completed the signing of goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu from Manchester City.

"The 20-year-old, who already has 10 caps for Republic of Ireland, moves to St Mary’s on a five-year deal, becoming the club’s first new recruit of the summer.

"Signed by the Premier League champions as a 16-year-old following an outstanding start to his fledgling career at Shamrock Rovers, Bazunu has gained valuable experience out on loan in League One.

"After making 32 appearances for Rochdale in 2020/21, last season he excelled between the posts for Portsmouth, where he was voted Player of the Year by his teammates and the club’s supporters."

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