Feyenoord manager Fred Rutten has confirmed that the club are interested in signing Manchester City’s John Guidetti, following earlier reports linking the striker with a move to Southampton.
The 22-year-old has struggled to make his mark at City since arriving in 2008, but did enjoy a successful loan spell with the Dutch club during the 2011-12 campaign, scoring 20 goals in 23 Eredivisie games.
However, after spending the second-half of 2013-14 at Stoke, where he made just six substitute appearances under former manager Mark Hughes, the Swede finds himself behind the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko, Alvaro Negredo and Sefan Jovetic, with first-team opportunities again looking limited this season.
With a move therefore expected, Rutten admitted that the club has been in contact with their former marksman about a return to the Netherlands, but could not reveal more than the basic details.
‘Martin van Geel (technical director) has contact with John Guidetti,’ he told FC Rijnmond. ‘That's none of my business, but yes, he is on our list. He is one of the options, just like the other players on it.’
Having played under Ronald Koeman during his lone season at Feyenoord, Guidetti has also been linked with a move to reunite with the new Saints boss on the south coast, following the club’s remarkable summer transfer exodus.
Still a promising prospect, the one-time capped international would be an intriguing addition to the squad, despite his recent top-flight struggles, though it’s clear that the Saints will now face some competition should Koeman decide to ramp up his reported interest.