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Costantino Nicoletti on how he convinced Papa Waigo to join Southampton
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Costantino Nicoletti on how he convinced Papa Waigo to join Southampton

Southampton legend Papa Waigo's agent Costantino Nicoletti has admitted that he coerced the Senegalese striker into signing a loan deal with The Saints, Daily Mail.

Waigo who is now playing his trade Masafi Sports Club in the UAE joined Southampton in September 2009 where he went on to score seven goals and provided eight assists from 39 matches played during a time that the side was playing in EFL League One.

"During the 2009/10 season, I received a phone call from Fiorentina team manager Roberto Ripa," Nicoletti told Tuttomercatoweb.

"There were some problems, as Papa Waigo wasn't playing much and so he confided in the fitness coach, tearing into everything he hated about Prandelli. There was just one problem, the fitness coach's name was Nicolò… Prandelli.

"Considering the situation, the club asked me to find him somewhere new. We had offers from Serie B, but then this opportunity opened up at Southampton.

"In order to convince Papa, I told him: 'Look, you can go to London, it's the second tier of English football, but a very important shop window and you can really make the difference there.

"That wasn't entirely true, because Southampton is an hour-and-a-half away from London and the club was in the third tier."

"At the end of the day, Papa Waigo won the Football League Trophy at Wembley and would've liked to stay, but Fiorentina's asking price was too high,' Nicoletti added.

"The moral of the story is that at times a little white lie for the right reasons can help players go through important experiences."

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