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Lazio confirm Saints will sign Wesley Hoedt

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has confirmed that Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt "will soon be transferred to Southampton".

Saints have been in talks to sign the 23-year-old Netherlands international centre-back for the past few days.

Reports in Italy claim Southampton offered an initial £15.5 million but Sky Italia are now stating the final deal is worth £17 million to the Roman club.

Tare told Italian broadcaster Premium Sport: "He requested to be transferred. He wants to be a starter in England and will soon be transferred to Southampton.

"He has had a positive experience here in Rome. I wish him all the best."

Hoedt sat on the bench as an unused substitute as Lazio opened their Serie A campaign with an uninspiring 0-0 draw with newly-promoted SPAL on Sunday.

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