Dutch club De Graafschap have agreed a deal to sign Southampton midfielder Callum Slattery, Football Insider understands.
The 20-year-old is a long way down the first-team pecking order under manager Ralph Hasenhüttl and the Saints were happy to see him move on a temporary basis this month.
A source at St Mary’s has told Football Insider that the promising talent has already undergone his medical with the Dutch second-tier outfit and will seal a loan move before Friday’s transfer deadline.
The central midfielder has not featured for Southampton’s first-team so far this season, but he has been a regular for the Under-23s side in Premier League 2.
He is highly regarded within the corridors of power at St Mary’s having come through the youth ranks on the south coast.
Manager Hasenhüttl feels Slattery will benefit by going out on loan to get valuable first-team experience under his belt in what will be his first move away from the club.
De Graafschap are currently third in the Eerste Divisie – the Dutch second division – and they see Slattery’s arrival as someone who can boost their bid to win promotion back to the Eredivisie.
They currently sit two points off table-toppers Cambuur, one point behind Jong Ajax – the Dutch giants’ reserve side unable to seal promotion to the top flight – and level on points with fourth-placed FC Volendam.
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