Southampton are reportedly not keen on signing Elia permanently.
Elia spent part of the 2014/15 season on loan with the Saints, scoring two goals in 17 games, and impressing in short spells.
He arrived at St Mary’s Stadium on loan from Werder Bremen, signing until the end of the season with an option for the Saints to purchase him outright at the end of the campaign.
The South Coast club have yet to take that option up, and, as of today, Elia, 28, will still be playing for Bremen next term.
However, a report in SoccerNews has outlined his future, with it being claimed that the Bundesliga outfit have no plans to keep ahold of Elia, and will be pushing for the Dutch international to leave the club this summer.
It is stated that Southampton have yet to respond concerning their wishes to sign Elia permanently, suggesting that they have no wish to pay the buy-out clause in his contract, and Bremen are already planning their first-team for next season without him in the picture.
Elia started his loan spell with Southampton in good form, netting twice in a 2-1 victory over Newcastle in just his second game, and impressing with his all-round attacking play.
However, he fell further out of the first-team fold as the season drew to a close, and started just one of the last six games.
It appeared as if Ronald Koeman was not keen on the winger due to his lack of appearances, and the unwillingness to sign him permanently should come as no surprise.