Southampton have loaned defender Wesley Hoedt to Royal Antwerp for the season, and included an option to buy the Dutchman next summer in the deal, via BBC Sport.
The 25-year-old found himself behind Jannik Vestergaard, Maya Yoshida, Jack Stephens, Kevin Danso and Jan Bednarek in the pecking order at St Mary’s and was yet to make a competitive appearance under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl since the Austrian’s arrival to the club in December.
A change of scenery was viewed as a necessity for the ex-Lazio man and, now, that is exactly what he will have in Belgium. This will be the Netherlands international’s second temporary spell away from the club since his arrival in 2017 after he was shipped out on loan to Celta Vigo for the second half of last season.
Hoedt made 10 appearances for the La Liga outfit last term, as the Spanish club only just avoided relegation to the second-tier by finishing the campaign in 17th-place; he will be surely hoping for more success this time around.
The former AZ Alkmaar defender is one of three players who have left Saints on loan throughout the final stages of this summer’s transfer window.
On Saturday, winger Mohamed Elyounoussi joined Celtic on a season-long loan, while midfielder Mario Lemina has joined Turkish Super Lig titans Galatasaray until the end of the campaign.
Things just never really clicked for Wesley Hoedt at Southampton and he quickly became surplus to requirements under Ralph Hasenhuttl, which is why he was sent out on loan to Celta Vigo for the second-half of the season.
Now, all he can do is get his head down and work hard in Belgium to try and force his way back into the fold at the Saints next summer should he not be sold for good. Whether he can do that, though, still remains to be seen.
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