The signing of Guido Carrillo has reunited the striker with Mauricio Pellegrino and the Argentine is looking forward to working under his fellow countryman once more.
Carrillo began his professional career with boyhood club Estudiantes de la Plata as a 19-year-old in 2011 and his development was overseen by the Saints boss for two years between 2013 and 2015.
And, after completing his move to St Mary’s on Thursday night, the striker said that Pellegrino was an important factor in convincing the number 9 to make the switch from Ligue 1 to the Premier League.
“I know him very well, I know his quality as a person and as a coach. His presence here was important in me taking this decision.
“I obviously know the coaching staff, I’ve worked with them in Argentina and I also spoke with some players who were former teammates in Argentina who are now playing in the Premier League and they told me all about the club and gave it a shining reference.
“Therefore, I had no doubts when I took the decision.”
Another fellow Argentine, Swansea City’s Federico Fernandez, helped to seal the deal.
“I also spoke with Fernandez at Swansea who I know from youth football and Estudiantes. He gave me a great recommendation about the club and he said the weather is a little bit better than where he is.”