Southampton take Dale Stephens on loan from Oldham

Dale Stephens

Stephens has scored 10 goals in 37 appearances for Oldham this season

Southampton have taken Dale Stephens on loan from League One rivals Oldham until the end of the season.

Midfielder Stephens, 21, told Latics boss Paul Dickov he wanted to join the Saints after initially rejecting an offer made earlier in the week.

"When Southampton came in we turned down their offer and Dale told us he wanted to stay," Dickov said.

"But after speaking to his agent, he came back and expressed a wish to speak to them."