Gaston Ramirez could be set for the St Mary’s exit in the transfer window after the player’s agent confirmed he is keen on a return to Italy.
Signed from Bologna in 2012, Ramirez has struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League throughout his time on the south coast.
A return of five goals in 26 top-flight appearances over his first season with the club showed some promise, but an ankle ligament injury picked up midway through his second campaign with the club ultimately curtailed his progress.
Loaned to Hull City last season, Ramirez managed just one goal in 21 Premier League games, with his most notable contribution being the straight red card he picked up in a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.
Speaking to Lazionews.eu, Ramirez’s agent, Pablo Betancourt, confirmed that Ramirez could leave the club before his contract expires in June.
"There is talk of an interest from Bologna, Lazio and Peñarol. Out of respect for the English club with which he is still under contract we avoid naming names,” he said.
“We were told that we can look for a new team and we are working to make it happen as early as January. I received interesting proposals 2-3, also from Italy.”
A Uruguay international with 34 caps but no goals to his name, Ramirez was part of the squad sent to the World Cup in Brazil.
He caught the eye of Southampton after impressing during a two-season stay with Bologna, where he netted 15 goals in 60 games.