Southampton sign Elia

Southampton, England ( - Southampton have completed the signing of winger Eljero Elia, the south cost club announced on Tuesday.

Elia will join the Saints on loan in January from Bundesliga side Werder Bremen, with a view toward a permanent transfer.

"Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce that it has reached an agreement over the signing of Eljero Elia," read an official club statement.

The Dutch international began his professional career with Den Haag before moving to FC Twente. He then joined Hamburg in the German top flight and had a brief spell with Italian champions Juventus before landing with Bremen in 2012.

Elia has also won 27 caps for his country and played at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.