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Published: 11:42 | 11/7/16

Saints sign Hojbjerg


Southampton have completed the signing of midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich.

Hojbjerg made his senior debut for Bayern in 2013 but he has managed just 22 appearances for the club and spent last season on loan at Schalke 04.

He underwent a medical at St Mary's on Monday before putting pen to paper on a five-year contract to become Claude Puel's second signing of the summer, following the arrival of Nathan Redmond.

“I’m very pleased. It’s a big opportunity for me. I look forward to giving what I have and what I can to the club. They have put trust in me and I want to show them that they are not wrong," Holbjerg said.

“When I heard that Southampton came in for me I said to my people that this is what I want to do because I can see myself at Southampton, as it’s the way I like to think, the way I like to play and it fits me really well.

“I hope I can come here also and be a part of the Southampton family and give what I have to fight for the club and fight for my teammates.”

Executive Director of Football Les Reed added: “Pierre is an exciting young talent, who we are delighted to welcome to Southampton Football Club.

"At the age of just 20, he is already an established international player with Denmark and has gained significant and valuable experience while at Bayern Munich and in the Bundesliga.

“Pierre boasts an impressive pedigree, as well as a great deal of potential, and it is testament to our reputation that he has chosen Southampton ahead of other suitors as the next step in his career.

“We believe the club will be an ideal place for Pierre to continue his progression and that he will be an excellent addition to our squad.

“We now have the perfect blend of positional strength, experience and dynamic youth in our midfield slots. There will be healthy competition, but also the required depth and robustness for our challenge in the Europa League.

“I believe as a group we probably have a choice from the best pool of midfield options in the Premier League.”

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