Bayern's Hojbjerg set for Southampton move

Reuters , Monday 11 Jul 2016

Schalke’s Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Bayern's Arjen Robben, from left, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Bayern Munich in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP)

Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is set to become manager Claude Puel's first signing at English Premier League club Southampton.

"Hojbjerg has gone for a medical at Southampton today. The transfer market is open for a while yet," Bayern Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told reporters on Monday when asked about potential moves.

According to British media reports, Southampton have agreed a 12.8 million pound ($16.5 million) deal.

The 20-year-old Denmark international, at Bayern since 2012, spent the last season on loan at Schalke 04 where he made 23 league appearances to help them to a fifth-place finish.

He also spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan with Bundesliga rivals Augsburg.

Hojbjerg will become the second arrival at Southampton during the close season after the signing of England under-21 winger Nathan Redmond from relegated Norwich City last month.

Frenchman Puel was appointed Southampton manager on June 30 after Ronald Koeman joined Everton.

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