Southampton have announced the signing of Marseille defender Duje Caleta-Car on a four-year deal at the back-end of transfer deadline day.

The Saints have been looking to bring in another centre-back, particularly with Jan Bednarek leaving for Aston Villa on loan earlier on Thursday.

And they have moved quickly to bring in former Liverpool target Caleta-Car.

“It was really a crazy day. I’m very excited because I spoke with the coach, I think he is a good coach and of course the team – I watched them against Chelsea and in the games before,” the Croatian told Southampton’s website.

“I know the way they play, they have a lot of young players, so I think I can come good in the group and be with them every day, to progress with them together.”

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Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl added: “Duje is already a very established and experienced player, who has done an impressive job at his previous clubs.

“He is a big presence on the pitch and he will bring even more quality into our centre-back group. It is important we have good depth and options in this position, and he gives us another very strong one.”


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