Southampton are close to signing Chelsea midfielder Oriol Romeu for £5m.

Romeu, 23, who played just 34 times for the Blues since joining from Barcelona in 2011 , was at Saints’ training ground on Wednesday as negotiations continued.

The Spaniard has spent the last two seasons on loan at German team Stuttgart and La Liga club Valencia.

He was on the bench for Chelsea’s 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich and missed out on the 2012 FA Cup and 2013 Europa League victories.

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