Big things were expected of Jordy Clasie when he moved from Feyenoord to Southampton in 2015, but he wasn’t able to impress enough on a consistent basis.

Then big things were expected in Belgium when he moved to Club Brugge on loan for the 2017/18 season, and that was a big disappointment.

A return to Feyenoord, again on loan, was meant to be the full-proof answer to the player’s career-stall, and that wasn’t the success he and the club will have hoped for.

There were some good flashes, and also some petulance, and now De Telegraaf once again report Feyenoord have no plans to make an effort to sign him permanently.

The 27 year old has a year left on his Southampton contract, but he doesn’t want to be there ‘under any circumstances’ next season, according to the Dutch newspaper.

AZ are interested, and Clasie has already had a chat with their new coach Arne Slot.

The problem comes when thinking about the structure of a transfer. AZ wouldn’t match what the player earns at Southampton, and they’re considering either a permanent deal (likely with a very low fee) or a loan.

Given Clasie only has a year left at the Saints, a loan doesn’t make a great deal of sense. It’s a tricky situation, and one where Southampton will want to come out of it with the smallest financial hit possible.