Southampton have confirmed on their website that they have signed Dutch winger Eljero Elia on loan from Werder Bremen.

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oo eliaThe Premier League club announced that the 27-year-old will join up with the club on the 3rd of January, with the deal a loan until the end of the season, but with an option to make it permanent in the summer.

Elia has had a disappointing season with Bundesliga strugglers Werder Bremen, who were keen to sell the winger in order to free the high earner from their wage bill.  The Dutchman has only made ten appearances this season, assisting once.

The 27 time Dutch international started his career with ADO Den Haag and had spells with Twente, Hamburg, and Juventus before he joined Werder Bremen in 2012.

Elia is a pacy and tricky winger, who becomes Koeman’s first Dutch signing since taking over the club in the summer.

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