Inter swap Taider for Southampton's Osvaldo on season-long loan
SOUTHAMPTON, England --
Southampton says it has signed Algeria midfielder Saphir Taider on a season-long loan from Inter Milan, with striker Pablo Osvaldo moving to the Milan club on the same terms.
Both clubs have the option to make the deal permanent at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Taider, 22, played twice for Algeria at the 2014 World Cup, and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman says ''it's part of our philosophy for the club to bring in talented young players who like to learn and develop themselves.''
Osvaldo fell out of favor at Southampton in the 2013-14 season after a training ground clash with teammate Jose Fonte left the defender with a broken nose. He was loaned to Juventus in January for the rest of last season.
"First of all, he is a talented football player. He's 22 and has already played for Algeria at the World Cup," Southampton manager Koeman said. "I've spoken to him about the positions he can play in. He can play as a controlled midfielder but he can also move up around the box and up front, which is a good thing for a coach. It was a good meeting because he showed me real ambition and he brings competition to the squad."
Koeman is still looking to bolster his squad after seeing star players Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers all leave.
So far the Dutchman, who joined from Feyenoord, replacing Mauricio Pochettino, has brought in Taider, Graziano Pelle, Dusan Tadic and Ryan Bertrand on loan from Chelsea.
Information from Sky Sports was used in this report.