Feyenoord director explains why Southampton did not sign Tonny Vilhena

Tonny Vilhena was linked with a transfer to Southampton.

The young Dutch midfielder was reportedly a target for Ronald Koeman, as per the Mail, with the pair working together at De Kuip during Koeman’s coaching regime with Feyenoord.

With the 20-year-old unhappy at Feyenoord due to an apparent regression in first-team duties since Koeman’s departure, he was pushing for a move, and the report claims that the Saints offered £5 million for his services.

However, no deal could be agreed, and, although the Saints did sign Filip Djuricic, Vilhena remained a Feyenoord player at the closing of the transfer window. It could be suggested that this situation is not actually too bad for Southampton, with the youngster’s contract running out, and the potential to secure him on a cheaper deal in the summer.

Regardless, the Saints clearly did want to sign him before the close of the transfer window, and Feyenoord technical director Martin van Geel has told Voetbal International that the bid was rejected as it was far below Vilhena’s valuation.

Although the Mail claimed that Southampton would submit a £5 million offer, and Feyenoord outlining that they would accept nothing lower than €7 million - as per SoccerNews - VI claim that the Saints only offered €2.5 million for Vilhena.

He said: “The offer we found far below what is competitive. There was no reason for us to make a counter proposal.”

Even with his contract running down, should Southampton intend to make a move for the youngster in the summer, they will likely have to still improve upon that offer.

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