Southampton signs Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard

Jannik Vestergaard, pictured above with Borussia Monchengladbach. (Martin Meissner/AP)

SOUTHAMPTON, England — Southampton signed Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard from Borussia Monchengladbach to a four-year deal on Friday.

The two-meter (6-foot-6) centre back was in Denmark’s World Cup squad but wasn’t summoned from the bench in all four of their games.

The 25-year-old Vestergaard has played almost 200 matches in the Bundesliga for Hoffenheim, Werder Bremen, and Moenchengladbach since 2010, and appeared in the Champions League and Europa League.

"The club has followed me for quite some time and done a lot of scouting, which is also a good sign for me that they know my strengths and weaknesses," Vestergaard said on the club website. "I feel I’m at a really good place to develop."

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