Southampton will loan out two senior players on European deadline day. According to The Daily Echo, both Wesley Hoedt and Mario Lemina are closing in on temporary Southampton exits.
Hoedt spent half of last season on loan at Celta Vigo and is now ready to move on loan again. The 25-year-old centre-back is set to join Royal Antwerp on a season-long loan deal. And the Belgian side will have the option to sign Hoedt at the end of his spell.
Lemina will be joining Galatasaray on loan. The Turkish champions can offer the Gabon international the chance to play in the Champions League and compete for the title. Lemina has made it clear he wants to leave Southampton this summer and he will finally get his wish.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has accepted that both players were likely to leave. Lemina’s situation has been known since early summer and Hasenhuttl has prepared for this. The 26-year-old midfielder has not played a single game for the Saints this season.
Meanwhile, Hoedt finds himself quite far down the pecking order at the St Mary’s Stadium. Jack Stephens, Jannik Vestergaard, Kevin Danso, Jan Bednarek and Maya Yoshida are all preferred to the Dutchman.
Hasenhuttl is building his tight-knit squad based on a combination of talent and loyalty. This is why he is ready to get rid of Lemina despite him playing a key role last season. Hasenhuttl only wants committed players.
Hoedt, on the other hand, is just not good enough. Southampton are moving forward with the signing of Danso (despite his red card at the weekend) and slowly moving players from previous eras on.