Celta Vigo will not pursue a permanent deal to sign Wesley Hoedt from Southampton this summer, according to a report from Spanish news outlet AS.
The Dutchman departed St Mary’s Stadium in the January transfer window following the appointment of Ralph Hasenhuttl, who quickly excluded him from his first-team plans.
Hoedt started in all but one of Mark Hughes’s matches in the Premier League during the Welshman’s stint at the club, but under the new boss, he does not appear to feature in the plans for the future.
However, it seems Southampton will need to identify another suitor for the former Lazio defender this summer, with AS claiming that Celta will not sign him.
Hoedt struggled to establish himself in La Liga. He was sent off on his debut and found himself in and out of the team as they narrowly avoided the drop down to the second tier of Spanish football.
The report also states that Celta will not permanently move for their other Southampton loanee Sofiane Boufal. He could be assessed by Hasenhuttl in pre-season, according to other noises from Spain recently.
Central defenders who Southampton should consider moving for this summer
Izzo has been superb for Torino for the past 18 months. The Italy international would tighten Southampton’s defence.
Torunarigha is a promising young player. The Hertha BSC defender would be a strong long-term option for Southampton.
Vallejo would be an ambitious acquisition from Southampton. He may be hard to prise away from Real Madrid, but following Eder Militao’s arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu, his first-team chances may be limited.
Djene was outstanding for Getafe as they emerged as the surprise package of La Liga. The central defender is hugely underrated and would slot in nicely at Southampton.
Soumaoro had an excellent season next to Jose Fonte in the heart of Lille’s defence. He would provide Southampton with a leader at the back.
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