Southampton agree Eljero Elia loan deal

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Ronald Koeman has signed Eljero Elia on loan until the end of the season, upon which he will assess the progress of the 27-year-old and consider making a permanent move, reports the Daily Express.

Elia will be a key asset in Saints' squad when he is eligible to play in January, with Sadio Mane participating in the African Cup of Nations and Jay Rodriguez facing a further six frustrating weeks on the sidelines.

Bundesliga troubles

The speedy winger has spent the past two and a half years of his career with Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga, where he also featured for Hamburg in 2009, to follow-up stints at FC Twente and ADO Den Haag in his home country of the Netherlands.

Elia has also been included in the Dutch international squad on several occasions, scoring just two goals in 27 pride-filled performances.

A creative player with an eye for an assist, Elia will offer Southampton something a little different as they look to maintain their impressive start to the season after a recent dip in form.

But his fellow countryman Ronald Koeman seems adamant that the former Juventus man will not be the only winter arrival on the south coast in the transfer window with a number of players heading out to the African Cup of Nations.

The Dutchman is quoted as saying by the paper: “We have already spoke about the transfer window.

“We need one or two players in front because we don’t have a lot of choices. We will lose Sadio in January as he will play in the Africa Cup of Nations. That means we will need good attacking players and we are looking for that and working on that.”

Koeman is planning to turn his side into a Dutch filled squad as the next target on his Christmas list is Wesley Sneijder.

Unlikely arrival

His arrival is unlikely, although they did alright without the playmaker last weekend with 3-0 triumph against Everton - a win which saw them consolidate fifth-place in the Premier League table.

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