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Filip Djuričić completes Southampton loan switch

The Serbia international has had a loan deal at Mainz cut short to move to the Premier League.

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Southampton have completed the signing of Filip Djuričić on loan from Benfica for the remainder of the season. The Serbian youngster had this season been playing in the Bundesliga for Mainz, though had that loan cut short after finding opportunities in the Bundesliga hard to come by. The result is he'll join up with Ronald Koeman and his compatriot Dušan Tadić for the remainder of the Premier League campaign.

Djuričić is an attacking midfielder who arrives despite the Saints having already beefed up their frontline this transfer market with the capture of winger Eljero Elia from Werder Bremen. However, while he is capable of playing out wide, Djuričić is unlike Elia in that he prefers to play through the middle. Just behind the striker is probably where you can expect to see him deployed in Koeman's 4-2-3-1, particularly with Southampton looking like they've missed out on the signing of Feyenoord's talented playmaker Tonny Vilhena.