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Official: Algeria’s Taïder joins Southampton on loan

Saphir Taïder

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Algerian World Cup star Saphir Taïder has moved to Southampton on a season-long loan, as a part of Osvaldo’s transfer to Inter Milan.

The French-born international will ply his trade at St Mary’s until June 2015, with an option to make the move permanent.

Taïder started his senior footballing career at then-Ligue 1 side Grenoble Foot in the 2009-10 season, before moving Bologna to in 2011 and eventually making the move to Inter two years later.

The 22-year-old midfielder played a significant role this summer as the Desert Foxes made their first-ever round of 16 appearance, before bowing out to Germany in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

Southampton finished 8th in the 2013-14 Barclays Premier League season, as the team led by Mauricio Pochettino -who now manages Tottenham- won over many admirers with their attractive brand of football.

The Saints’ success came at a price though, as no fewer than 5 star players were poached by elite English teams, and Koeman is looking for quality replacements similar to Taïder.

Southampton will kick off the new Premier League season away to Liverpool – last season’s runners up – on the 17th of August, and Taïder will probably be a part of the Algerian squad that will begin their 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifying campaign away to Ethiopia in a month’s time.

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