Southampton’s chances of offloading Wesley Hoedt received a boost when a host of Belgian clubs declared their interest according to national outlet HLN.
However, it seems none of the Belgian sides in the running can afford to sign Hoedt permanently this summer, yet more signs of the impact caused financially by the pandemic.
Belgium’s biggest hitters have all registered their interest in the centre -back, with Club Brugge joining Anderlecht, Royal Antwerp, and Gent in their desire to sign the 26-year-old.
Although now it seems any deal may have to be a loan initially as the Saints asking price of £7.3 million for the former Lazio man prices them all out of a move.
Hoedt, who is a senior Dutch international spent the first half of the 2019/20 season on loan at Celta Vigo in La Liga, before joining Antwerp for the remainder of the campaign.
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The powerful centre-half was an integral part of the Saints squad upon his arrival in 2017, making 45 appearances across his first two seasons in England.
However, Ralph Hassenhutl seems to have washed his hands of the Dutchman and would be happy to see him away from St Mary’s once again in 2020/21.
Despite his strong start to life on the south coast, Hoedt has fallen way down the Saints pecking order, with Jack Stephens and Jan Vestergaard usurping the former Lazio man so it remains to be seen if the club look to get him off the wage bill by sanctioning another loan.