Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt could find himself in the middle of a Belgian transfer battle this summer.

The centre back is currently on loan at Royal Antwerp, having returned to his homeland after finding he was not part of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s plans.

He’s become a key player at his loan club, making 25 appearances in all competitions and starting all 21 league games he’s been in the squad for.

They are keen to keep him, and according to Voetbal 24, they have an option to turn his loan spell into a permanent one for €8m.

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However, that price is ‘rather on the high side’ for Antwerp, and they want to negotiate with Southampton to try and bring it down.

At the moment it’s unknown if the Saints will accept a lower fee, but it seems if they aren’t, they may be able to get it from elsewhere.

Voetbal 24 say there is ‘another top Belgian club’ interested in the Southampton defender, who has made an impression with his performances.

There are also ‘some foreign teams’ interested in his signature, suggesting that Southampton may not have any issues moving the Dutchman if they want to this summer.