Southampton Football Club has announced it has reached an agreement to sign the young winger Moussa Djenepo from Standard Liège.

The 20-year-old Mali international has agreed a four-year contract at St Mary’s, becoming the first arrival of the summer transfer window and also of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl’s tenure.

Djenepo will move to Southampton from Belgium following a great season where he scored 11 times for Standard Liège.

He helped them to a third-place finish in the top-flight and qualification for the Europa League.

We are very happy to welcome Moussa as the first new player to join our team ahead of the upcoming season. He is an exciting player, with tremendous pace and good finishing abilities, who we have watched closely for some time. We have been impressed with how he has adapted to football in Europe and the impact he has had in many games, and we had an interest in him as recently as January, so I am pleased we are able to bring him into the club. He combines his quality with a good mentality and he is the right profile of player that we want to sign – still in the early part of his career, already with a lot of talent, but also with a great amount of potential that I believe we can help him to fulfil. I think he will be an excellent fit for our style of play and shape, and these are the important characteristics we must look for. It is about getting this right sort of quality, not quantity – we must maximise the use of this window by spending our money in the right way and on the right type of player, and this is a very strong start.”

Ralph Hasenhüttl, Southampton manager

The youngster has already earned eight senior caps for his country, and is currently with the squad that will take part in this summer’s Africa Cup of Nations.

He will begin his pre-season with the club after the close of the competition, which gets underway in late June.