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DONE DEAL: Clasie departs Feyenoord to join Southampton

Southampton have completed the signing of highly-rated Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie.


The 24-year-old has signed a five-year deal to join the Saints from Feyenoord for a reported fee of £8.4million.

Clasie arrives at St Mary's having captained Feyenoord after making his debut as a 20-year-old when Saints boss Ronald Koeman was in charge at De Kuip.

The Holland international is seen as a direct replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin who joined Manchester United for £25m on Monday.

“It feels good to be joining Southampton. It's a nice club, and I'm happy to be here," Clasie told the club's official website.

“It's a big club playing in what I think is the biggest and most important league.

“Ronald being here is a big thing for me and that was important in me coming here, but even if he wasn't here, I'd have come to this club.

“I played every game for him. He's a good trainer and a good man so I like him, but I came here not only for him. I came here for the club.

“I've watched many games of Southampton, and it's felt good when I've watched these games.

“I hope that I have many good moments and good years here."


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