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Southampton seal Liptak loan move

Southampton

Southampton have signed Hungarian defender Zoltan Liptak on loan until the end of the season from Ujpest FC.

The 24-year-old stopper has experience of English football following short spells at both Southend United and Stevenage Borough.

Head coach Mark Wotte said: "He is a player we've been looking at.

"He impressed us in a recent behind closed doors friendly with how powerful he is in the air and he is extremely composed on the ball."

Wotte added: "He gives us more options in our defensive positions. With his height and technical abilities I am positive he will fit in very well in this league.

"After Jack Cork and Alex Pearce left the club and the injuries to Wayne Thomas and Michael Svensson I felt it was the right thing to bring in a centre-back to compete with Oliver Lancashire, Jan-Paul Saeijs and Chris Perry for the central defensive positions."

Liptak said: "I am very happy to join Southampton and hope to help the club climb out of the relegation zone and up the league."

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see also
Defender Liptak leaves Southend
16 Jun 08 |  Southend
Southend recruit defender Liptak
24 Jul 07 |  Southend


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