Lazio director Igli Tare: 'Wesley Hoedt is joining Southampton'

Lazio: 'Hoedt to join Southampton'
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Lazio sporting director Igli Tare announces that Dutch centre-back Wesley Hoedt will be joining Southampton "in the near future".

Lazio sporting director Igli Tare has confirmed that Wesley Hoedt will be joining Southampton.

The 23-year-old centre-back started his career with AZ Alkmaar and joined the Biancocelesti on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.

It was reported by Sky Sports News last week that the Saints were in advanced discussions over Hoedt's signing, and Tare announced the move on Sunday.

Tare told Italian broadcaster Premium Sport: "He requested to be transferred. He wants to be a starter in England and will be transferred to Southampton in the near future.

"He has had a positive experience here in Rome. I wish him all the best."

Media reports suggest that Southampton offered Lazio an initial £15.5m for Hoedt - a Netherlands international like wantaway defender Virgil van Dijk - but that the final deal is worth around £17m.

Wesley Hoedt in action during the Serie A game between Lazio and Sampdoria on May 7, 2017
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