Southampton midfielder Jordy Clasie has officially completed a move to AZ Alkmaar.
The 28-year-old had been reported by The Daily Mail to be keen on a return to his homeland after struggling on the south coast.
Clasie had been with the Saints since 2015 after transferring from Feyenoord for £8 million (BBC Sport).
He never really established himself under Ronald Koeman or Claude Puel, and was sent on loan to Club Brugge and then Feyenoord last season.
With Ralph Hasenhuttl at the helm, his chances of a future at St. Mary’s were slim.
Clasie has signed a deal with Alkmaar until 2021 with the option for a further year – there has not yet been any word on the fee.
Southampton need to clear out the deadwood this summer and Clasie unfortunately fell into that category.
The club will be doing well to make back the £8 million they paid for him.
The 17-cap Netherlands international had been draining £50,000-a-week (Spotrac) out of the club and so getting him off the books is surely a relief.
It could be a good move for Clasie having endured an uninspiring time at Southampton.
Perhaps at Alkmaar he’ll be able to produce the kind of form that will help him return to the Netherlands squad – he’s been out of the picture since November 2016.