- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

BREMEN, Germany (AP) - Dutch winger Eljero Elia is joining Southampton from struggling Bundesliga club Werder Bremen.

Bremen says Elia is going on loan until the end of the season to the Premier League club, which will then have an option to buy him.

The 27-year-old Elia joined Bremen from Juventus in 2012.

Bremen general manager Thomas Eichin says Elia “had highs and lows at Werder and is now seeking a new challenge.”

Bremen, which is 16th in the 18-team Bundesliga, also is sending striker Nils Petersen on loan to domestic rival Freiburg.

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