SOUTHAMPTON manager Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed that Millwall target Richard Chaplow is free to leave the club this summer.
Chaplow, along with other fringe players Billy Sharp, Dean Hammond, Tadanari Lee, Lee Barnard and Steve De Ridder, is not currently training with the Saints.
The 28-year-old's agent said this week that his client likely to move to a Championship club in the coming weeks, alerting Lions boss Steve Lomas, who has made an enquiry.
And Pochettino revealed on Thursday: "I think I've been quite clear about certain players who are perhaps on the fringes. I've been clear in the sense that they're not going to be with us during pre-season. I think I've made my point about that already.
"They are a group of players that – because of different reasons – we're not really counting on and they won't be with us in the future. They will have to find a solution as to where they will be in the future."
Chaplow has 12 months remaining on his contract at St Mary's but Pochettino's comments suggest that the Premier League club are happy to waive any fee they would be entitled to.
@Rchap04 u fancy a game of golf,seen as you have time on your hands.
— billy sharp (@billysharp10) July 4, 2013