Report: Southampton battle for Jordy Clasie, Newcastle ready to offer swap deal

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Southampton are reportedly vying with Newcastle for the signature of Feyenoord star Jordy Clasie.

According to the Daily Mirror, Southampton are interested in signing Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie - but face competition from Newcastle United.

Clasie, 23, is one of a number of players to have emerged through the Feyenoord youth setup, following in the footsteps of Robin van Persie, Salomon Kalou, Leroy Fer and Daryl Janmaat, amongst others.

Clasie has played over 150 times for the Rotterdam club, and the diminutive midfielder is known for his excellent range of passing from the middle of the park.

Much like the aforementioned players, Clasie could end up in the Premier League, with Southampton allegedly lining up a summer move to sign him.

Saints boss Ronald Koeman nurtured Clasie during his time as Feyenoord boss, and with Morgan Schneiderlin likely to leave this summer, Clasie would be able to slot into midfield as his replacement.

However, whilst a Koeman reunion may be appealing to Clasie, there could be another offer on the table - from Southampton's Premier League rivals Newcastle.

The Mirror believe that Newcastle are preparing a bid to take Clasie to St. James' Park this summer, which would involve Vurnon Anita heading in the opposite direction.

The Dutchman has struggled since signing from Ajax in 2012, and may be open to return to the Netherlands, where he would be a direct replacement for Clasie.

The possibility of landing an immediate replacement for Clasie may interest Feyenoord, but the prospect of working with Koeman again could be at the top of Clasie's summer wish list.

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