The Netherlands international is hoping for an exit from Werder Bremen.
The Bundesliga club’s sporting director Thomas Eichin has been speaking about Elia, and fellow loanee Ludovic Obraniak – who spent last term with Caykur Rizespor in Turkey – as reported by n24.de:
"It is clear that we want to find both a solution and that both are no longer important for us. The players know.
"The transfer window is still long, because we have no time pressure.”
Elia joined Southampton on loan with the opening of the January transfer window and arrived with a glowing reputation. He has previously commanded big money at Hamburg SV and Juventus, whilst he also played in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final for the Netherlands.
He went on to play 14 games for the club and scored twice, in the same game against Newcastle United.
Should Southampton re-sign him?
Elia looked very promising early on in his Saints career but tailed off toward the end of his stint. He began to play less and less as the season wore on and his form started to dip, living up to his reputation of inconsistency.
It really depends on how much Bremen want for him. At the right price, keep him for sure. But if Bremen ask for too much Southampton would be right to look elsewhere.