Saints bag Dutch stopper

Saeijs joins Southampton on loan

Saeijs: Saints switch

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Southampton boss Jan Poortvliet has bolstered his backline with the addition of Dutch defender Jan-Paul Saeijs on loan.

The 30-year-old has joined from Eredivisie outfit Roda JC for the remainder of the Championship season.

Poortvliet has been looking for reinforcements after Jack Cork left for Watford, while both Michael Svensson and Wayne Thomas are on the treatment table.

Saints have the option of making Saeijs' switch a permanent deal, although that will largely depend on the club's ability to retain their Championship status.

Poortvliet is hoping the paperwork on Saeijs' deal will be cleared by midday on Friday allowing his newest signing to make his debut against Barnsley this weekend.