Jason Denayer could be a good option for Southampton this summer

Southampton's Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk watches the ball during the English Premier League football match between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion at St Mary's Stadium in...

Southampton could do a lot worse than bringing in Jason Denayer from Manchester City alongside Barcelona's Marlon.

Jason Denayer of Sunderland reacts during the Premier League match between Sunderland and Hull City at Stadium of Light on November 19, 2016 in Sunderland, England.

Jason Denayer is set to leave Manchester City this summer after becoming surplus to requirements, as reported by the Manchester Evening News.

That will not come as a surprise to anyone as Denayer has never looked like breaking into the team under either Manuel Pellegrini or Pep Guardiola, instead finding himself on loan at several clubs.

Jason Denayer of Belgium and Hal Robson-Kanu of Wales compete for the ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter final match between Wales and Belgium at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on July 1, 2016 in...

The Belgian has spent a year with Celtic, another with Sunderland, and two in Turkey at Galatasaray since 2014 and will surely be looking to make a permanent move somewhere soon.

As reported by the MEN, the worry for City is that his wages might put clubs off, should he want the same elsewhere, although his fall from the Belgian national team must surely be motivation for him to find a club to settle at.

PFA player of the year nominees Virgil Van Dijk (C) and Stefan Johansen (R) of Celtic with the PFA young player of the year nominee Jason Denayer of Celtic (L) pose at the Scottish...

Denayer was a part of his country's Euro 2016 squad but has notfeatured since and, if he truly does want a place to grow, there may be none better than Southampton.

The 23-year-old's best season yet came at Celtic as part of a formidable defensive duo with former Saint Virgil van Dijk. Denayer was named Scotland's Young Player of the Year that season and made the Team of the Year alongside Van Dijk.

That was enough for him to admit that playing with Van Dijk again at Southampton was his first choice when he joined Sunderland - and perhaps this is why he should get the chance to play there.

Gimnastic's defender Xavi Molina (L) vies with Barcelona's Brazilian defender Marlon Santos during the friendly football match between Club Gimnastic de Tarragona SAD and FC Barcelona at...

Van Dijk leaving has left a gap in Southampton's side that was glaringly obvious last season - one reportedly set to be filled by Barcelona's Marlon.

But it is not a space that should be taken by a single player; if Marlon is a gamble, why not limit the risk by bringing in someone like Denayer?

Southampton did wonders for Van Dijk and they could do the same for his former Celtic partner.

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