Jordy Clasie will be allowed to leave Saints before the close of the transfer window if a suitable bid comes in.

The Dutch midfielder does not currently figure in Mauricio Pellegrino’s plans and so Saints are thought to be prepared to sell him if a suitable offer arrives before midnight tomorrow.

Clasie joined Saints for £8m in July 2015, linking up again with Ronald Koeman, who managed him at Feyenoord.

His first season saw him make a limited impact with Koeman explaining that he regularly substituted Clasie as the midfielder was building up his physical level to that required in the Premier League.

Koeman predicted bright things for Clasie in the 26-year-old’s second campaign at the club but he found chances even harder to come by under Claude Puel.

The signing of Mario Lemina this summer has ended any realistic hope Clasie had of fighting his way back into the first team at Saints, as he finds himself behind the new boy, Oriol Romeu and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg in the pecking order. Pellegrino would also likely prefer Steven Davis and potentially James Ward-Prowse in that position too.

Saints would, therefore, like to move Clasie on for both his good and the club’s, but that will require somebody coming in for him.

Both Crystal Palace and Newcastle are believed to have considered making an offer, and with both looking for new faces in the next couple of days it is possible one of them could be tempted to make a move.

There have been no further developments in the situation with Clasie’s Dutch colleague Virgil van Dijk.

Speculation is inevitably ramping up over the future of the central defender heading into the final days of the window, but Saints have still yet to receive an offer for his services.

Van Dijk remains sure he wants to leave having handed in a transfer request, while Saints do not want to sell.

For all the talk and speculation there has to this point not even been a decision to make, and Saints are hoping it remains that way.

Certainly any notion that they will encourage a bid appears wide of the mark.

Saints do still have half an eye on trying to bring in another attacking player, though the odds are currently thought to be against them adding any further to the squad as they will not spend for the sake of it.