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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to Southampton: Latest Transfer Details, Reaction and More

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 11, 2016

Bayern Munich's Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg controls the ball during the friendly football match between Guangzhou Evergrande and Bayern Munich in Guangzhou on July 23, 2015.  Evergrande beat Bayern Munich 5-4 on penalties after tying the match 0-0. AFP PHOTO / JOHANNES EISELE        (Photo credit should read JOHANNES EISELE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Southampton announced the signing of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Bayern Munich on Monday with the 20-year-old midfielder penning a five-year deal at St. Mary's Stadium:  

Southampton FC @SouthamptonFC

#SaintsFC is delighted to announce it has signed Pierre-Emile Højbjerg from @FCBayern on a five-year contract: https://t.co/flXl8R42KS

Hojbjerg made his debut for Bayern back in 2013—becoming the club's youngest-ever first-team player in the Bundesliga—but he has spent much of his recent time on loan, first at Augsburg and then at Schalke 04.

He made 23 appearances for Schalke in the 2015-16 Bundesliga season, proving himself to be a central midfielder with huge potential, per WhoScored.com.

However, the recent arrival of Renato Sanches at the Allianz Arena looked set to severely limit his first-team opportunities at Bayern, and Hojbjerg previously said he was eager to move away, per Danish newspaper BT (via Sky Sports' Simeon Gholam): "I want to leave and find the right place for me. I need to find something that fits me. It's clear that it won't be a top club. I want a place where there is a perspective. That's important for me because I've experienced a lot at only 20 years."

Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe believes the Saints have made a solid move in signing the Denmark international:

Sam Tighe @stighefootball

Hojbjerg would be a fantastic signing for #saintsfc. Has stalled a little, but immense potential and has great leadership qualities.

With Claude Puel only recently announced as Ronald Koeman's replacement as Southampton manager, he has wasted little time in addressing a key area of concern in his side.

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Victor Wanyama recently departed the south-coast club for Tottenham Hotspur—while key man Morgan Schneiderlin joined Manchester United last summer—and Hojbjerg will add strength to Saints' engine room as they look to excel in the upcoming 2016-17 Premier League season.

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