Southampton swap Dani Osvaldo for Inter Milan’s Saphir Taider in season-long loan deals

Southampton have completed a season-long swap deal with Inter Milan, securing the loan of Saphir Taider with Dani Osvaldo heading in the other direction.

Record signing Osvaldo proved to be a massive disappointment at Saint Mary’s last season and previously joined Juventus on loan in January, failing to make an impact there.

Over the course of 34 league games in both the Premier League and Serie A last season, Osvaldo bagged a paltry 4 goals.

Taider did not have a very good 2013/14 either. The Saints’ new number 17 joined Inter last summer for €5.5 million, playing just 15 league games for the Nerazzurri.

Speaking on the club’s website, First Team Manager Ronald Koeman said: “It’s part of our philosophy for the club to bring in talented young players who like to learn and develop themselves, and that’s true of Saphir.

First of all, he is a talented football player. He’s 22 and has already played for Algeria at the World Cup.

I’ve spoken to him about the positions he can play in, and it was a good meeting because he showed me real ambition.

He can play as a controlled midfielder, but he can also move up around the box and up front, which is a good thing for a coach or manager because it brings more possibilities to the players in the team. He brings competition to the squad.

He can still learn some things, so we will train him and develop him this season. Over the course of the year, we will then make a decision about the future of the player.”