Transfer news: Serie A Lazio sign Josip Elez from Hajduk Split

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Lazio have announced the signing of Croatian defender Josip Elez after he successfully passed a medical.

There were some reports the deal for the 19-year-old had broken down over problems with the medical but they have proved to be inaccurate.

Rising star Elez has therefore been able to complete his move from Hajduk Split to Vladimir Petkovic's Serie A Lazio.

"Ss Lazio announce the signing on a permanent move from Hajduk Split the player Josip Elez", the club wrote on their Twitter page.

Lazio qualified for the 2013/14 Europa League after winning last season's Coppa Italia and have high hopes for the coming campaign.