Filip Djuricic edges closer to Southampton move, Mainz claim deal agreed

Mainz claim Filip Djuricic's loan has been terminated, leaving the Benfica winger to join Southampton.

Bundesliga side Mainz have confirmed that winger Filip Djuricic has ended his loan stay with the club, and will join Southampton tonight.

Djuricic, 23, was highly rated during his time in the Netherlands with Heerenveen, but has seen his career stall since a 2013 move to Benfica.

The Serbian international scored just twice in 22 games for the Portuguese outfit last season, and was sent out on loan to Mainz in a bid to recapture his best form.

Yet with just six starts for the Bundesliga side this season, Djuricic has seen his career take another blow - and another move is on the cards.

Mainz have confirmed on their official website that there is an agreement to cancel Djuricic's loan deal, where Benfica will then send him on to Southampton for the rest of the season.

Djuricic's career may have stalled in the last 18 months, but it's clear that Saints boss Ronald Koeman sees something in the Serbian.

Koeman, former Feyenoord boss, will be familiar with Djuricic's performances in the Eredivisie for Heerenveen, where he scored 23 goals in his final two seasons.

Koeman must be confident that he can rekindle Djuricic's best form at St. Mary's Stadium - just as he has with Eljero Elia so far - with a deal seemingly moving closer ahead of tonight's deadline.

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