Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed that defender Wesley Hoedt can leave the club.
Hoedt has not played for the Saints since November, when they lost 3-2 to Fulham.
He was named as a substitute in the following four games, but was not included in the squad for games against Huddersfield Town, West Ham, Manchester City and Chelsea.
And Hassenhuttl has now confirmed that he can leave the club, provided a buyer can be found.
He is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News: “Yeah, it’s not the best for Wesley, that’s right. It’s the same for Gabbiadini or Steven (Davis). The guys went away to find other solutions, it’s better for them.
“For Wesley it can be the same. We don’t send any player away but if he feels like he is not used like wants from us, he should think about it.”
Goalkeeper Fraser Forster has also been told that he is not in Hasenhuttl’s plans.
He has not played for the club since Boxing Day 2017, when the Saints lost 5-2 to Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.
Angus Gunn and Alex McCarthy are other options for the manager in goal, with Forster deemed expendable in the January transfer window.
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The Daily Echo quote the Saints boss: “It can be that Fraser can take a game in the under-23s so it’s possible to do in the future because he needs to get back into the position where he is an option for other clubs maybe, and that’s what we try to force in the future.”
And Southampton fans have reacted to Hasenhuttl’s quotes, with the manager showing a brutal edge as he looks to reshape his squad.
Hoedt up for sale ! who's gonna want him , seriously? #SaintsFC
— Coutinhojr30 (@coutinhojr30) January 3, 2019
Love how the same people who are crying about Long are the same people slating Hoedt. Some players are so untouchable. #saintsfc
— Jay (@PolishMaldini) January 10, 2019
Hoedt started ok but didnt take being dropped very well. Had plenty of starts under Hughes and made a lot of mistakes. Id get behind him if he worked hard to get back into the team but I think he thinks hes above Saints.
— Steve B (@vibesniper37) January 10, 2019
No future for Hoedt, will look to improve Jannik. A couple of players in the pipeline to come in. Knows his number 1, Jan his number 1 CB. Chaz will play bit parts to keep him fresh with the high press. What Ralph says goes. Honest, fair, ambitious. Happy Days. #SaintsFC https://t.co/SwH6IeVHfV
— Ralph's Revolution (@saintbannerman) January 10, 2019
Agreed but can probably sell Hoedt for more and Stephens has better attitude who can hopefully work out his mistakes or have his blown coverages fixed by having 3 CBs
— Jaws (@chicagosprts) January 10, 2019
Wesley Hoedt doesn't suit his style? It's amazing with Hoedt, he was very highly rated at Lazio and didn't come cheap. Yet, he's one of the worst defenders I have ever seen at Saints, considering he was so expensive
— Darren Dixon (@BeaumontDMD) January 10, 2019
That’s what we want. Upfront & honest. Will be interested to see what becomes of Boufal & Carillo when the summer comes.
— Barry Doyle (@Saint_Barry) January 10, 2019