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Southampton defender transfer to go through next week

Out-of-favour Southampton defender Wesley Hoedt is set for a move to Anderlecht after an agreement in principle was reached with the Belgian Pro League side.

The 27-year-old joined the Saints from Lazio for £15million in the summer of 2017.

However, the Dutchman found himself surplus to requirements following the arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl, and in January 2019 he moved on loan to Celta Viga.

Hoedt then had a stint with Royal Antwerp in 2019/2020 before switching back to former club Lazio on loan last season, where he also played in the Champions League.

A brief statement on the Southampton website confirmed the deal with Anderlecht would be formally completed on June 21.

“The club would like to thank Wesley for his service and wish him all the best for the future,” read the statement.

Hoedt made a total of 45 appearances for Southampton.

Anderlecht, managed by former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany, confirmed Hoedt had signed a contract until 2025.

Hoedt said on the Anderlecht website: “The contacts between Anderlecht and myself have been going on for more than a year now. There was an immediate click with (sporting director) Peter Verbeke and Vincent, but we had to wait for the right moment.

“For me, the choice for Anderlecht is primarily a sporting choice. I want to help make this project a success, to go for the highest again.”

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Norwich close in on Southampton man

Meanwhile, Norwich will win the race against Leeds United for the transfer of rarely-seen Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn, a report claims.

Both clubs have looked into the 25-year-old as an ideal signing to compliment their ranks between the sticks. While Tim Krul remains the Canaries’ undisputed No. 1, back-up star Orjan Nyland is leaving at the end of the month. Leeds are without a similar contractual situation, but instead reportedly want to offload Kiko Casilla.

Norwich have led the way for some time in the race to bring the Englishman into their ranks.

However, Leeds – led by sporting director Victor Orta – made a late charge to hijack the transfer.

According to the Daily Mirror, though, Norwich have fended off competition from Marcelo Bielsa’s club. As such, they will win the race and sign Gunn for £5million.


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