​AC Milan have confirmed the signing of Danish centre-back Simon Kjær on loan from Sevilla for the remainder of the season.

Kjær spent the first half of the campaign with Atalanta, where he was initially expected to spend the entire term. However, after managing just six appearances in all competitions, the 30-year-old was allowed to move on.

Having recently sent Mattia Caldara back to Atalanta on loan themselves, ​Milan quickly emerged as likely suitors for Kjær, and they have now taken to their ​official website to confirm his arrival on a six-month loan.

The club also have the option to sign Kjær permanently at the end of the season if he can impress during his brief spell at San Siro.

He will join up with his new teammates later on Monday, before being officially presented to the media on Thursday 16 January.

Simon Kjaer

With Brazilian Léo Duarte sidelined with an ankle injury, Milan found themselves short of options at the back, and Caldara's exit left them with just two senior centre-backs, Alessio Romagnoli and Mateo Mussachio, while 20-year-old Matteo Gabbia has also been used as backup.

Kjær will now give Stefano Pioli a new option at the back as he looks to steer Milan back up the ​Serie A table.

He becomes Milan's second signing of the January transfer window, following the arrival of striker Zlatan Ibrahimović, who netted his first goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Cagliari on Saturday.

That victory saw Milan move up to tenth in the Serie A, and they are now just four points away from a place in the top six.

The club are still expected to do some more business this month. Reserve goalkeeper Pepe Reina is set to join ​Aston Villa on loan, with ​Bournemouth's Asmir Begović lined up as his replacement.

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