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Taider joins Saints as Osvaldo leaves on loan

SOUTHAMPTON'S response to the player exodus at St Mary's has continued with the signing of Saphir Taider on a season-long loan deal.

However, as part of the agreement Dani Osvaldo will move in the opposite direction on the same terms, leaving Saints with no net gain as they seek to bolster a squad short on numbers.

Taider, a 22-year-old midfielder, played in two of Algeria's matches at the recent World Cup and joined Inter a year ago following a two-season stint at Bologna.

"It's part of our philosophy to bring in talented young players who like to learn and develop themselves, and that's true of Saphir," Southampton manager Ronald Koeman said.

"He can play as a controlled midfielder, but he can also move up around the box and up front.

"That's a good thing for a coach or manager because it brings more possibilities to the players in the team. He brings competition to the squad.

"He can still learn some things, so we will train him and develop him this season."

Dusan Tadic, Graziano Pelle and Ryan Bertrand had already joined the club, with Saints hoping the arrival of Taider will appease fans who are mourning the sales of Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Calum Chambers and Dejan Lovren.

JUVENTUS defender Mauricio Isla has joined QPR on a season-long loan deal.

The 26-year-old Chilean has received a work permit/governing body endorsement from the Football Association and is currently back in Italy to obtain his working visa.

QPR boss Harry Redknapp said: "He's a top player and we're delighted to have him here.

"He showed his quality in the World Cup for Chile and it's a great loan signing for us.

"He's a versatile player, he's full of energy. I'm confident he'll be a really big asset for us this season"

Isla, who has made 51 appearances for his country, added: "I am very happy to be here - this is the start of an exciting new adventure for me."


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