Swansea City star Nathan Wood completes Southampton move

-Credit: (Image: © Huw Evans Picture Agency)
-Credit: (Image: © Huw Evans Picture Agency)


Nathan Wood has completed a permanent move to Southampton.

The centre-back has signed a four-year deal at St Mary's in a move believed to be worth just over £3m, and will once again link up with former swansea-city-fc>Swansea City boss Russell Martin

It marks the end of a transfer saga that has arguably been bubbling away for the best part of a year.

Southampton launched a bid to sign the 22-year-old this time last year, believed to be worth around £10m, shortly after Martin had been confirmed as the club's new manager.

Swansea rejected the deal on that occasion, and managed to tie the 22-year-old down to a 12-month extension towards the end of last season, in a move designed to prevent the Englishman leaving for nothing this summer.

However, it soon became clear that Wood had no intention of signing a long-term deal with the club, which soon made an exit look increasingly inevitable.

After signing for Swansea from Middlesbrough for £500k two years ago, Wood made 72 appearances for the Swans.

It's understood Boro are set for a healthy pay out from this deal, having inserted a sell-on clause as part of the move.

Wood said: "A Premier League club that was in the Championship last season, and to get straight back into the Prem is a big thing. I’m very happy to be here.

“It’s always been an attractive club. Obviously the style of football is a big thing, the coaching is a big thing, and it’s a step up in leagues for me as well.

“It’s a no-brainer really when you put all those things together. It’s quite an easy decision to make.”