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Oxford United sign Lazio’s ex-Ajax right back Djavan Anderson

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 2, 2022

OXFORD United have signed Djavan Anderson from Lazio, subject to a work permit.

The versatile right back joins the U’s for an undisclosed fee on a one-year contract, with the option of an extra 12 months.

Anderson arrived in the UK today after featuring in Lazio’s squad for last night’s Serie A fixture at Sampdoria.

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The 27-year-old has played in the top flight in the Netherlands and Italy, but revealed a move to English football was a long-term aspiration.

“It’s always been my biggest dream to play in England,” he said.

“It came as a surprise, to be honest.

“I knew I was going into the last year of my contract so something had to happen.

“A loan wouldn’t be a possibility because I would be a free agent after the loan period and I knew my club wanted something in return.

“There was a club in Germany, they called me before the market opened.

“We had some talks, I went over there and had a good feeling, but it wasn’t really what I was aiming for.

“I’m really a ‘feeling’ type of guy, if I feel something and it feels right then I know.

"My agent called me the day before I was going to sign in Germany and he came up with Oxford.

“I spoke with the owner and the head coach, we had a good chat and it felt like home.

“I didn’t even see the facilities or the city but as soon as I arrived I knew I made the right decision, even though the people in Germany also took care of me and showed me a lot of respect.”

Anderson has not played a competitive game this season, with his last appearance coming on loan for PEC Zwolle against PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch Eredivisie in May.

He came through Ajax’s famed youth system, but joined fellow Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar without featuring for the first team.

Spells at Dutch outfit SC Camburr and Serie B club Bari followed, before a move to Lazio in 2018.

Anderson found game-time hard to come by in Rome, though, and spent time on loan at Salernitana and Cosenza before returning to the Netherlands with Zwolle earlier this year.

The defender represented Netherlands at Under 17 level and was called up to the Suriname national team for a friendly against Thailand in March, although he did not feature in the game.