On September 9th, Voetbal International reported Club Brugge and Anderlecht have their sights on Southampton’s Wesley Hoedt.
This has been backed up by Het Nieuwsblad, and they state Anderlecht reached an agreement with Saints for a loan deal with an option to buy, but the defender didn’t accept the proposal.
Club Brugge are looking for a left-footed experienced centre-back, and the 26-year-old has emerged as one of their targets.
The Belgian champions could take the player on loan, but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side want a ‘firm purchase option’. Hoedt earns €2m per season and doesn’t want to give up part of his salary.
This makes the Dutchman’s signing ‘too expensive’ for the Jupiler Pro League side. However, the situation could change if Southampton fail to find another solution for the player.
Het Nieuwsblad add Club Brugge ‘play the waiting game’ as they wait for Hoedt’s price to drop, whilst also looking at other options in the market.
Voetbalkrant state the Belgian side are best placed to sign the former Lazio man, who has already contacted some of their players.
The Premier League club are ready to do business and are looking to raise €8m from Hoedt’s exit.
According to the report, Hasenhüttl’s side have offered the defender to Club Brugge. That’s because Southampton ‘have an eye’ on Emmanuel Dennis and they hope to ‘knock some millions’ from the striker’s transfer fee by including Hoedt as part of the deal.