Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt could be heading to Royal Antwerp before this evening’s European transfer deadline, that is according to Belgian journalist Kristof Terreur.
The 25-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan to Celta Vigo after falling out of favour at St Mary’s, but returned to the Premier League outfit in May, completing pre-season with the Saints in preparation for the 2019-20 season.
However, the Dutchman is yet to feature for manager Ralph Hasenhuttl this term, with Jannik Vestergaard, Jan Bednarek and new signing Kevin Danso preferred.
Based on that, Hoedt will surely see game-time limited if he remains at his parent club this season, making another temporary switch away from the south coast a fairly attractive proposition.
According to Terreur, the defender is wanted by Jupiler outfit Antwerp, who will try and secure a loan with an option to buy deal with the Saints for the player today.
Steven Defour has arrived at Antwerp this morning for his medicals. Meanwhile Antwerp are also trying to sign Dutch defender Wesley Hoedt from Southampton: loan with option. Would be the third PL player after Mirallas and Defour. #rafc #saintsfc #twitterclarets pic.twitter.com/MjOvamqpzh
— Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 (@HLNinEngeland) 2 September 2019
Burnley’s Steven Defour and Everton’s Kevin Mirallas have both already joined the club on loan this summer, so if Hoedt did make the switch, he would be the third Premier League player heading to the Bosuilstadion.
After enduring an inconsistent start to their domestic campaign – winning three and losing two of their first five matches – Antwerp currently sit 9th in the Belgian top-flight, so could definitely do with extra reinforcements in defence to stop shipping goals and start climbing up the table.
Should this move come to fruition, it would be hugely beneficial for Wesley Hoedt. At Southampton he is merely a fringe player, with Ralph Hasenhuttl clearly not intent in using him much at all this term.
It remains to be seen whether or not he’ll ever break back into the side at St Mary’s; perhaps in a year’s time with some more experience under his belt he may, but as things stand it is clear that his main purpose will be to warm the bench.
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