Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of South Africa striker Percy Tau from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Percy Tau has signed a four-year deal with the south coast side, who confirmed him as their seventh capture of the transfer window on Friday. He will be sent out on loan to gain experience and acclimatise to Europe.
“Going out on loan is always good to help a player develop and get better. It’s new for me to be in Europe, and I’ll get to work on myself and a few things that I need to improve,” Tau told the Brighton website.
“I’m hoping to get a better understanding of the game from playing there. It’s a different approach to what we’re used to in South Africa. It’s exciting football.”
Tau was named South African Footballer of the Year for 2017-18 as he helped Sundowns win the league title.
“Last season was great, I got a few personal achievements, but we won the league as well, which is something that means so much to me,” he said.
“I’m happy to have gone down that path, but it’s over now and it’s time to make new memories. This move should help me play more international football. I’ll be learning a lot, which will also be good for my country.
“Hopefully I can make some great memories here – I love making memories and I’m so happy to be here. I’m very impressed with the facilities, they’re better than what I’m used to. It’s something I expected and it’s a better place to be.”