Southampton eyeing Clasie to replace Arsenal and Tottenham target?

Southampton are reportedly chasing a move for Netherlands midfielder Jordy Clasie would could be brought in to replace Arsenal target Morgan Schneiderlin.

The 23-year-old Netherlands international has been developing at Dutch giants Feyenoord since the age of 11 in his homeland but could be on the move to the Premier League, according to reports suggesting the midfielder is being targeted by Southampton.

At present, the Saints already have two first team players in his position in Victor Wanyama and France international Morgan Schneiderlin who is a widely reported target for North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham this summer.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder impressed at St Mary’s last term and his inclusion in Didier Deschamps’ squad for the World Cup in Brazil only raised his profile further with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger well aware of his talent at the Emirates and new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino even more familiar with him from last season’s campaign at Southampton.

Reports that Southampton are interested in Jordy Clasie could spell the end of Schneiderlin’s time at St Mary’s as it would seem unlikely for new Saints boss Ronald Koeman to have a requirement for three top-level defensive midfielders in his squad, especially given the attacking ambition of the team under Pochettino.

Incidentally, Koeman has only just arrived from Feyenoord as so, much like Pochettino with Schneiderlin, will be familiar with the talents of Jordy Clasie – in fact if Schneiderlin moves to White Hart Lane to join Pochettino and Clasie comes in to replace him at St Mary’s, it would be much like a game of musical chairs.

However, Spurs’ rivals Arsenal are also thought to be in hot pursuit of Schneiderlin after the Gunners turned their attention away from Germany star Sami Khedira to an alternative closer to home and the Gunners’ access to the Champions League could be a vital tool in their negotiations.

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