Southampton fringe player Jordy Clasie could be set to join AZ Alkmaar in his homeland of the Netherlands this summer, according to a report published by The Daily Echo.
Alkmaar boss Arne Slot has confirmed that his club have spoken to the 27-year-old about potentially re-joining them, added the report.
“Jordy himself is enthusiastic, it is now up to Max Huiberts (sporting director) to get out with him and with Southampton,” said Slot.
“I spoke to Jordy about what his role could be in the team. Jordy is good at the ball, good at the passing and that, in combination with our players with depth, is what we are looking for at that position.”
The Dutchman arrived at St Mary’s from Feyenoord during the summer of 2015 and has struggled to establish himself as a Southampton first-team regular.
He has made 49 appearances during that time. Clasie has clearly had his fair share of first-team opportunities for the Saints and it is evident that he has not managed to work his way into the Premier League club’s plans.
His current contract at St Mary’s is due to expire at the end of the 2019-20 season and it would make perfect sense for the Saints to offload him this summer and bring in a new replacement.
Southampton need to do some serious thinking this summer if they do not want to flirt with relegation again next season. Offloading Clasie would be a step in the right direction.
A move will also make sense from the perspective of Clasie. He will be looking to try and work his way into the Netherlands national team ahead of Euro 2020 and to do so, he must be playing regular first-team football in the Netherlands or at least in one of Europe’s top five leagues.
If Clasie joins Alkmaar, few Southampton fans will be overly concerned at the tenacious midfielder moving to pastures new.