Southampton’s hopes of offloading Wesley Hoedt this summer have received a further boost, with Belgian outlet HLN reporting that Club Brugge have become the latest side to register an interest. However, the Saints still face an issue.
Hoedt has not played for the Saints since November 2018. He has since been out on loan with the likes of Celta and Royal Antwerp.
In truth, it would be a big surprise to see the 26-year-old play for Southampton again – particularly while Ralph Hasenhuttl is in charge. The centre-back is yet to play under the Austrian.
Fortunately for Southampton, a number of sides are interested in Hoedt. HLN reports that Club Brugge have joined Anderlecht, Antwerp and Gent in the running for his signature.
Unfortunately for Southampton, HLN also suggests that none of the Belgian sides in the running can afford to sign Hoedt permanently this summer.
The report claims that the Saints want around £7.3 million for the former Lazio man. However, that is set to be too steep for the group of clubs hoping to take him back to Belgium.
TBR View: Southampton’s first priority will be offloading Hoedt for this season
Of course, the Saints will be hoping that Hoedt can also attract interest from elsewhere. And perhaps they may receive permanent offers for the defender before the window closes.
Whatever happens on that front, it would surely be a shock if he remained at the club beyond the deadline. That may mean that they, once again, have to consider loan offers for the defender.
With less than two years left on his contract, it seems highly unlikely that they are going to receive anything like the £15 million that they spent on him in 2017 (via BBC Sport).
So their priority will surely be to ensure that he is moved on before the window closes. Unfortunately, that may mean having to settle for another loan move rather than agreeing a permanent sale.