Brighton & Hove Albion have completed the signing of South African international Percy Tau, on undisclosed terms.
The 24-year-old striker has agreed a four-year deal and will be loaned out ahead of the new season.
Manager Chris Hughton said, “Percy is a player we have highlighted for the future, and there is no doubting his talent, having been voted South African player of the season.
“Percy will go out on loan this season, play regularly and get some experience of European football.
“We will be watching his progress and monitoring his development over the season.”
Tau began his career with South African Premier Soccer League side Mamelodi Sundowns. He spent a season with Witbank Spurs in 2015/16, before returning to the Sundowns in 2016.
He has won the South African title three times, twice with Sundowns in 2014 and 2018, and with Spurs in 2016. He’s also won the African Champions League with Spurs and the South African Super Cup with Sundowns in 2017.
Percy has made 12 international appearances for South Africa, scoring five goals, and was the country’s player of the season in 2017/18.
New Brighton & Hove Albion striker Percy Tau is planning to make an impact in Europe, after the 24-year-old secured a move to the Seagulls from South African side Mamelodi Sundowns.
Tau signed a four-year deal on the south coast to become Albion’s seventh first-team signing of the summer transfer window, and will now head out to the continent on a loan move to gain more experience.
He said, “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.
“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.”
The striker was named South African Player of the Year in 2017/18 and scored 13 goals for Mamelodi Sundowns, as they won the South African ABSA Premiership title.
Tau looked back on his previous season with fond memories, but is now focused on gaining success in Europe and continuing his progress with his national team.
“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.
“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.”
The South African’s long-term aim will be to ply his trade for Chris Hughton’s side, and he praised the infrastructure at the club.
“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.”