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Report: Wesley Hoedt to leave Southampton permanently this week, £5.9 million fee

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Report: Wesley Hoedt to leave Southampton permanently this week, £5.9 million fee

The Dutchman was considered an able replacement for Virgil van Dijk.

Southampton have reportedly found a buyer for unwanted defender Wesley Hoedt, according to reports. 

The 26-year-old has spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Royal Antwerp and has had an impressive season with the Belgian side, featuring 25 times and rediscovering some of his better form. 

Now, according to Voetbal24, an unnamed side in the Belgian top-flight is set to sign the Dutchman for €6.5 million (£5.9m) this week. 

The team is not named, with Antwerp reportedly unlikely to be the side owing to that hefty price-tag. 

Club Brugge, Genk and Gent are mentioned as the three most likely destinations for this forgotten Southampton player. 

The Saints snapped up Hoedt from Lazio in 2017 for a reported (The Sun) £15 million and was viewed as an eventual successor to Virgil van Dijk, who was edging closer toward a move to Liverpool.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 09: (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)

Hoedt even spoke to The Telegraph of his desire to replace Van Dijk in the summer of 2018, six months after his countryman’s move to Anfield. 

 

But he failed to establish himself on the south coast and changes in management also did not help his cause.  

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Celta Vigo after falling out of favour with Ralph Hasenhuttl before joining Antwerp in the summer. 

“The Southampton chapter is as good as closed to me,” Hoedt said in a scathing interview with Het Nieuwsblad in January. “That trainer (Hasenhuttl) is still there. Even after they were knocked 9-0 by Leicester, he was allowed to stay.”

Hoedt claimed he topped the fitness charts in most of Southampton’s pre-season testing and was told he would be given a chance by the club before they again told him to find a new club. 

That came after he had previously told Sport/Foot magazine in September last year of how joining Southampton was ‘a mistake’. 

So clearly an exit is the best option for Southampton and the player, even if the club are making a huge loss on what looked like a promising talent in the one-time Van Dijk replacement. 

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