Lazio sporting director confirms Wesley Hoedt joining Southampton
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 21/08/17 12:15am
Lazio sporting director Ighli Tare has confirmed that Wesley Hoedt will be joining Southampton.
Sky in Italy believe the south-coast club offered an initial £15.5m but are now reporting the final deal is worth £17m.
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."
Sky Sports News understands former AZ Alkmaar man Hoedt's arrival would not have implications on the future of want-away centre-back Virgil van Dijk.
Southampton have consistently maintained Van Dijk is not for sale this summer and have been in the market for a new centre-half regardless.
Saints boss Mauricio Pellegrino is hoping to reintegrate Van Dijk, who has been a target for Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea, back into the squad. He has not played for Southampton yet this season.