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Southampton complete double deadline-day deal

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Southampton completed a double swoop on transfer deadline day, with Serbian front man Filip Djuricic joining on loan from Benfica and Ryan Bertrand making his season-long switch from Chelsea permanent.

Bertrand joined for a reported £10million after a successful six-month spell at St.Mary's, where he's clearly relished the prospect of regular game time and nailed down a place in Ronald Koeman's starting XI as a result.

Djuricic meanwhile has signed initially on loan with a view to buy option added, should Koeman like what he see's from the Serb.

Bertrand makes move permanent

Perhaps the more surprising of the two deals to happen before the deadline was Bertrand making his loan deal permanent. Although the option was there for Southampton, it seemed the summer was the more likely window for a deal to be completed.

The 25-year-old has been a hit on the South coast this season, with his surging runs down the left complimenting Nathaniel Clyne on the opposite side as one of the focal points of the Saints attack.

He has contributed two goals and two assists in the Premier League this season, although he saw red in last Sunday's defeat to Swansea City and will subsequently miss the next three matches

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Increased attacking options

The signing of Djuricic had been reported in the days before the deadline, and it was no surprise when the deal was announced by Southampton.

Djuricic can play in any of the front positions out wide or in-behind the striker, so he will add good options to the Saints attack.

Having been on loan at Bundesliga outfit Mainz this season, he cut that deal short to join up with Ronald Koeman's side.

He will team up with international teammate Dusan Tadic at St.Mary's which will help him settled and the Saints have a reported £9million option to buy should he impress.

Three in, two out

Those additions made January a positive window for the Southampton boss who brought in Eljero Elia, Djuricic and Bertrand in whilst only losing Jack Cork to Swansea and Jos Hooiveld on loan to Millwall.

The increased options will give Koeman feel that a top-four finish is well within his grasp should their good form continue.

With Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama also set to return this weekend, the Southampton faithful will also be hoping that their team can put together another run as they challenge for a Champions League place.

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