One of the least exciting parts of Southampton’s summer transfer business will be finding a solution for Jordy Clasie.

The midfielder returned to Feyenoord on loan last summer and it was very much meant to be a long term solution. Clasie would rediscover his form and consistency in the Eredivisie, and the Dutch club would then make an effort to sign him permanently this summer.

Things didn’t quite go to plan, and whilst the loan wasn’t a disaster, the Southampton player managed to annoy his manager. Throwing a strop after being substituted towards the end of the season, Clasie found himself in some controversy and perhaps killed any chance of him staying.

A week ago, we covered claims from the Netherlands that the 27 doesn’t want to be at Southampton ‘under any circumstances’ next season, despite having a year left on his contract.

Interest from AZ was mentioned, and now that’s been confirmed by club director Max Huiberts.

NH quote him as saying: “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 idea is there, it’s finances which may prove a problem.