Five facts on Southampton and Derby-linked Edwin Gyasi

Ronald Koeman

Edwin Gyasi is reportedly a target for Premier League side Southampton and Championship side Derby County.

Gyasi currently plies his trade in the Eredivisie, but has been out of favour with current club Heracles Almelo since the start of the season.

The 23-year-old has made just three substitute appearances this term, out of a possible 13 games, and he is said to be keen on securing a move away from the Netherlands, with both Premier League and Championship clubs interested in the winger. The Daily Mail is reporting that high-flying Southampton want to sign the uncapped Dutchman in a bid to strengthen their squad in the hunt for Premier League success, whilst Derby County - who currently lead the Championship title race - are also tracking the youngster.

The interest from such big clubs is sure to delight the youngster, and here are five facts on the man who could be turning out in England come the start of 2015.

1) Gyasi started his career with AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie, progressing through the youth ranks during current Saints boss Ronald Koeman’s spell in charge of the club. However, he failed to make an appearance for the senior side, and spent a spell on loan with Telstar in the Jupiler League, following which he left AZ for De Graafschap.

2) He later moved to FC Twente, who were being coached by current Rams’ boss Steve McClaren at the time. The winger made more progress under the Englishman, making 16 appearances and scoring one goal, whilst also regularly turning out for their Under-21 side, registering seven goals in 21 games.

3) His link to Derby extends further than his spell with McClaren, as the 23-year-old spent a trial spell at the iPro Stadium in 2011. Following his release from AZ, the young winger was offered the chance to impress in a trial game with Sheffield United, although he failed to do enough to be offered a contract by the Midlands club.

4) In total, his career has registered 53 professional appearances with a return of four goals and two assists. A solid if unspectacular record for an attacking player, there is no doubt that Koeman and McClaren have seen potential in the youngster that they can work with to develop him into a top class winger.

5) As of yet uncapped by the Netherlands at any level, he is also eligible for Ghana through his parents.

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