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Southampton willing to sanction defender’s summer departure – report

Southampton supporters have been in fine voice in the Transfer Tavern in the last few days after seeing their team finally end a barren run of no win in 12 Premier League games courtesy of a 3-2 success at West Brom on Saturday.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men went into their clash at the Hawthorns having not tasted success in the league since back in November, with their tally of seven points from a possible 36 after that seeing them slip into the division’s bottom three. However, the Saints moved out of the relegation zone on Saturday as goals from Mario Lemina, Jack Stephens, and James Ward-Prowse clinched a vital three points for the South Coast club, with strikes from Ahmed Hegazi and Salomon Rondon not enough for the basement Baggies.

Subsequently, there have been many delighted Saints fans in the Tavern this week, several of whom are likely to be intrigued by a recent report from The Daily Echo, which suggests that the club are willing to sanction Florin Gardos’ departure in the summer.

The 29-year-old defender made the move to St Mary’s back in 2014 but has endured a miserable time on the South Coast, earning just 18 first team appearances for the club, of which 11 have come in the Premier League.

Injuries have played a huge part in his struggles at Southampton, he hasn’t featured for the club since their FA Cup drubbing at home to Arsenal in January of last year, and recent reports suggest that with his contract up in the summer the Saints are willing to sanction his departure.

And this news is unlikely to come as much of a surprise to our resident Saints fans, with it highly unlikely that Gardos will break into Pellegrino’s plans in the second half of the season, even if fully fit.

Landlord’s verdict: It’s been a testing time for Florin Gardos since his move to Southampton back in 2014, with just 18 senior appearances to show for the defender’s efforts in the last three-and-a-half years.

Yet it appears that his South Coast nightmare could be coming to an end as the club are reportedly willing to sanction his departure in the summer, what with his contract up and it almost certain that it won’t be renewed.

And given his struggles at the club, it’s a move which appears to be in the best interests of all parties involved.

Southampton fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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