Southampton have confirmed that Stern John has rejected an offer to stay at the club and has left St Mary`s.
The 32-year-old was out of contract this summer but new manager Alan Pardew wanted the Trinidad & Tobago forward to stay and offered him a new deal.
A statement said: "Stern John has turned down a generous new offer from the club."
He added: "Over the past two weeks the club has held constructive dialogue with both the player and his agent and offered him an attractive two-year contract.
"However we have been informed that the player has declined this offer and as a free agent wishes to pursue other options within the Championship."
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