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Wolfsburg's Kjaer completes Lille switch

July 5, 2013
By Jens Weber, Germany Correspondent

Simon Kjaer is joining Ligue 1 club Lille from Wolfsburg, and the defender is delighted to have completed the move.

Simon Kjaer is on his way out at Wolfsburg
GettyImagesKjaer is reported to have agreed terms with Lille.

The Denmark international has agreed personal terms for a transfer, and Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs confirmed: “Simon asked us for permission to talk to Lille.

He confirmed the time was right to complete the move, telling the club's official website: "I think it's the right moment for me to join Lille now. It is clear that the idea of joining such a club can only be good.

"I have excellent feelings about this club. I'm delighted to come back, more definitively this time."

Kjaer first arrived in Lille for a trial seven years ago before moving to Palermo where he played 62 times before joining the Wolves in 2012.

He spent the 2011/12 season back in Serie A on loan at Roma before making 22 appearances in the Bundesliga last season.

Reports suggest Allofs will ask between €4 million and €5 million for Kjaer, who joined from Palermo for €12 million in 2010.

If he does leave, Wolfsburg would step up their interest in St Etienne’s €10 million-rated Kurt Zouma, described by Allofs as “an interesting player”. St Etienne have stressed that they are determined to keep him.