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Toby Alderweireld signs for Southampton

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Southampton have announced the signing of Belgium international Toby Alderweireld on loan for the season from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid.

The 25-year-old moved to Atletico for £6 million from Dutch giants Ajax last summer, but found his first team place blocked by Miranda and captain Diego Godin, making just twelve appearances in all competitions last season.

The defender had been linked with Arsenal, Newcastle and Sunderland, but it seems that the Belgian will be plying his trade on the South Coast for the Saints this season, despite the move being quashed by manager Ronald Koeman in his press conference before the 3-1 win over West Ham on Saturday, and has been confirmed on the Official Saints Twitter account.

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International

Alderweireld did however play in the World Cup for Belgium mainly at right back, but is a natural centre back, and has 35 caps for The Red Devils, scoring one goal.

Southampton manager Koeman has prioritised signing a defensive reinforcement since the departures of centre back Dejan Lovren to Liverpool and right back Calum Chambers to Arsenal, and the former Ajax man fits the bill, being able to fill both spots.

Versatile

Alderweireld is expected to play at centre back alongside team captain Jose Fonte, but may also cover for England U21 right back Nathaniel Clyne in case of injury.

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