New signing Gastón Ramírez says it was the Club's rise through the divisions that convinced him to join Saints.
The Uruguayan completed his move to St Mary's on transfer deadline day despite interest from a number of Europe's top teams.
And, in his exclusive first interview since moving to England, Ramírez said he could not wait to be a part of Southampton's future.
"I'm happy to be here at the Club," the 21-year-old told Saints Player.
"I came here because of the project I saw in this club – I believe in [Executive Chairman] Nicola Cortese's project.
"I know that just a few years ago the Club was in the third division, so they have had a great increase in success to be in the Premier League now.
"[Playing in England] was always my dream," he continued.
"I have been following the Premier League since before I was in Italy – that was a positive experience, but now I am delighted to be here in England and to play in the Barclays Premier League.
"Now, I am sure I can do very well for the Club and contribute to our success."
Ramírez was officially unveiled at St Mary's this evening, meaning he had the opportunity to look around his new home stadium and meet First Team Manager Nigel Adkins.
"It was a wonderful feeling [when I arrived]," said Gastón.
"The stadium is great and I had very positive impression from the manager. I also know the people here and the supporters are very warm, so I'm just looking forward to beginning my experience here.
"Now that I'm a Southampton player, I'm just looking forward to beginning.
"I am looking forward to meeting my teammates but also all of the other people on the staff of the Club. I'm sure I can great here."
Click here to watch Gastón's exclusive first video interview since joining the Club on Saints Player now