Dutch international made available by the Saints as they look to recoup £8million outlay on out of favour star as Newcastle could be tempted to reignite interest
SOUTHAMPTON have made midfielder Jordy Clasie available for transfer following the arrival of Mario Lemina.
The 26-year-old Dutch midfielder has been deemed surplus to requirements following the £13.5million signing from Juventus.
Clasie has been at the club since 2015 but has found life hard in England.
He has often struggled with the physical side of the game and now the Saints are ready to cut their losses on the 15-time capped international.
Newcastle United, who were pipped to his signing two years ago by the South Coast club, may be one option for the former Feyenoord star.
Despite failing to find his best form in the Premier League, the Magpies are desperate for reinforcements.
Rafa Benitez’s side have suffered a defeat at home to Tottenham and a limp 1-0 reverse at Huddersfield on Sunday since their return to the top-flight.
Boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly unhappy at the backing he has received in the transfer market since guiding the North East outfit back to the Premier League.
And he could view the out of favour Saints man as a potential target to come in and help bolster his strugglers.
Clasie arrived with big expectations and was part of the Dutch squad that finished third at the 2014 World Cup.
However, he has only figured 38 times in the league for Southampton since his £8m move the following summer.
He still has three years left on his contract, and the St Mary’s outfit will be hoping to recoup the majority of that fee.
A number of clubs in his homeland are also expected to be interested.
Clasie has not made an appearance for Mauricio Pellegrino’s team so far this campaign.
Meanwhile, his replacement Lemina has been showing off his war wound after picking up a gruesome injury against West Ham.
The 25-year shared a horrendous image of a bloodied gash on his ankle following a challenge from Mark Noble in his side’s 3-2 victory on Saturday.
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