Report: Florin Gardos and Jeremy Pied free to negotiate Southampton exit

Southampton's Argentinian manager Mauricio Pellegrino looks on before  the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United at Wembley Stadium in London,...

Premier League strugglers Southampton will let Florin Gardos and right-back Jeremy Pied leave St Mary's when their contracts expire at the end of 2017/18.

Rob Holding of Arsenal and Florin Gardos of Southampton in action during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Southampton and Arsenal at St Mary's Stadium on January 28, 2017 in...

Who knows whether Florin Gardos and Jeremy Pied would have developed into crucial first-team players at Southampton had they stayed injury free on the South Coast?

There is no doubting the talent of the defensive duo after all.

Southampton paid a hefty £6 million to sign Romanian international Gardos from Steaua Bucharest in the summer of 2014, while right-back Pied arrived at St Mary’s for what looked like an inspired bargain deal when his contract at Ligue 1 high-flyers Nice expired.

Stewart Downing of West Ham shoots at goal past Florin Gardos of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and West Ham United at St Mary's Stadium on...

As it stands, however, both Gardos and Pied will be free to leave Southampton at the end of this season, as reported by the Daily Echo, with the club seemingly having no plans to offer the out-of-contract duo new deals.

Gardos has missed a total of 54 games in his three-and-a-half years in England and has not made a single appearance this season, having fallen well down the pecking order.

Pied, meanwhile, has featured four times this season but, after missing almost the whole of his debut campaign with a serious knee injury, has never looked like challenging Portugal international Cedric Soares for a first-team berth.

Southampton's Jeremy Pied in action during during the Premier League match between Southampton and Crystal Palace at St Mary's Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Southampton, England.

And the Echo adds that both Gardos and Pied are now free to negotiate with potential new clubs and sign a pre-contract agreement in time for the summer.

It is unlikely they will be missed on the South Coast.

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