The Frenchman completes his move to St Mary’s on a free transfer, having departed Ligue 1 side OGC Nice in the summer, agreeing a deal until the summer of 2018.The move sees Pied link up with Southampton boss Claude Puel for the third time in his career, having worked with his compatriot at Lyon and Nice previously.Pied’s career began with Lyon, before making his first senior appearances during a loan spell with FC Metz during the 2009/10 campaign.
The defender returned to Lyon and made 35 appearances across the course of the 2010/11 campaign, going on to win the Coupe de France the following season.Pied then made the move to Nice to work alongside Puel for the second time. The defender made 83 appearances during his stay with the club, enjoying a loan spell at Guingamp in 2014/15.Speaking about his arrival at St Mary’s, Pied said: “I am very happy to be able to join this new team. I’m very proud. The English league is a very attractive one and it was a goal of mine to be able to play in it. “I’m now very happy to join Southampton. You only have to look at the facilities and their results over the last few seasons to know that this is a very good Premier League club.”
Alex McCarthy joins from fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace on a deal that will keep him at St Mary’s until the summer of 2019.McCarthy, 26, progressed through the youth systems of Wimbledon, Wycombe Wanderers and Reading, before making his senior debut during a loan spell at Woking in 2007.The goalkeeper had further loan spells with Cambridge United, Team Bath, Aldershot Town, Yeovil Town and Brentford, before making his debut for Reading in February 2011.
After a handful of first-team appearances with the Royals, McCarthy spent the 2011/12 campaign out on loan with Leeds United and then Ipswich Town.McCarthy, who has been capped three times at England Under-21 level, made his real breakthrough with Reading towards the end of 2012/13 in the Premier League, before becoming a first-team regular during the 2013/14 season.
An excellent season with Reading saw QPR come calling, but after finding first-team football hard to come by at Loftus Road, he moved across London to Crystal Palace for the 2015/16 campaign.McCarthy now makes the move to St Mary’s, where he will compete with Fraser Forster for a starting spot under new manager Claude Puel.