One of the regular stories on the summer transfer window rumour mill when it comes to Southampton is the future of out of favour and almost forgotten Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie.
The 27-year-old has spent the last few seasons away from the club on year long loan spells with Club Brugge and former club Feyenoord, and whilst his return to De Kuip was better on a game front, each spell was problematic. He only featured 20 times for Brugge, and he had a falling out with the manager last season.
With various rumours about what the future might hold, and how rigid Southampton may be about the initial £8million outlay with 12 months left on his contract, the player has made it clear he doesn’t want to return to St Mary’s Stadium next year, so everyone knows a deal will get done.
AZ Alkmaar were recently linked, but the issue for them is the price according to outlet NH.
“Sometimes there is a chance to get this kind of boy. The coach has been in contact with him. Jordy Clasie has a one-year contract with Southampton. We have to wait and see how this develops.”
The quote is attributed to AZ club director Max Huiberts.
I wouldn’t expect a quick resolution here, it could, in fact, go right up to deadline day, as we try and meet in the middle whilst hoping for the smallest of bidding wars to boost our coffers a touch more.
But when it gets to the stage of clubs namechecking specific players, things tend to happen even if they try to be vague.