Southampton’s busy transfer window has continued with the signing of Bayern München midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojberg.
Having sold key players Victor Wanyama, Sadio Mane, and Graziano Pelle this summer, as well as losing manager Ronald Koeman to Everton, the off-season promises to be yet another period of rebuilding for the Premier League outfit.
Claude Puel has arrived as boss, and Hojberg’s arrival follows the capture of highly-rated Norwich winger Nathan Redmond.
The Saints have paid Bayern an undisclosed fee – reportedly in the region of £12.75million – for the 20-year-old Denmark international, who has signed a five-year deal at St Mary’s.
“I’m very pleased. It’s a big opportunity for me,” Hojbjerg said. “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.
“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.”
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After making his Bayern debut as a 17-year-old in 2013, Hojbjerg went on to make 25 appearances for the German giants, and also caught the eye during loan spells at Augsburg and Schalke.
And Southampton executive director of football Les Reed expressed his delight at securing the signature of the youngster, who will compete with the likes of Steven Davis, Jordy Clasie, Oriol Romeu and James Ward-Prowse for a spot in Saints’ midfield.
“Pierre is an exciting young talent, who we are delighted to welcome to Southampton Football Club,” he said. “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.”