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Southampton set to sell outcast for £10m loss in January

Southampton set to sell outcast for £10m loss in January

Southampton are set to make a £10 million loss for 2017 signing Wesley Hoedt, who arrived from Lazio, as he is now set to leave the club after failing to be part of Ralph Hasenhuttl's plans.

The Dutch centre-back could be set for a move away from Southampton, as Lazio, the club where is currently on loan to, are set to make Hoedt's transfer permanent in January.

The 26-year-old made just 45 appearances for Southampton in his three years there, failing to live up to the standard of his relatively hefty transfer fee and the name he had made for himself at Lazio.

He never looked set to re-establish himself in Hasenhuttl's side, being loaned out to Celta Vigo and Royal Antwerp ever since the Austrian manager arrived to the club, apart from his present club, Lazio.

Hoedt is now valued at around £5.4 million, and since he is so out of favour at Southampton, he will most likely go to Lazio for less than that.

Whilst Hoedt has struggled performance wise at Lazio so far this season, Simone Inzaghi has shown an incredible amount of faith in him, playing in all but one of the games that Lazio have had ever since he joined them in October.

Lazio got off to a mixed start in the Serie A this season, but Hoedt has impressed in Lazio's very good UEFA Champions League campaign, which saw them qualify to the Round of 16, with Hoedt startling in five of the six games in the group, whilst he was brought on for the other game.

Hoedt's contract at Southampton expires on June 2022, and as he is clearly not in Hasenhuttl's plans, it is better for Southampton to get any sort of money back for him, rather than waiting for him to go on a free transfer next season.


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