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Reported Southampton target Tonny Vilhena set to stay at Feyenoord

Vilhena has been linked with Southampton, but he is now set to remain with Feyenoord.

Vilhena is considered one of the best midfielders in the Eredivisie, and has been linked with a move to Southampton many times this season, but a report in Voetbal International claims that he is set to stay with Feyenoord this summer.

The young midfielder, who is primarily a central player, broke into the Feyenoord first-team in 2012, whilst Ronald Koeman was head coach. The current Saints boss is known to be a fan of the youngster, and Vilhena has struggled this summer following his departure to St Mary’s Stadium.

Despite totalling over 100 professional appearances for the club, Vilhena has played just 37 games this term, struggling to replicate his impressive form that saw him win a senior call-up to the Netherlands international team.

He has long been linked with a move to join Koeman on the South Coast, with the Mail claiming that a £5 million offer was made for him in January, but he remained with the club until the end of the campaign.

It has been expected that he would leave this summer, with his contract expiring at the end of next season, meaning that Feyenoord would want to cash in on him, but the latest update indicates that he is set to stay at De Kuip.

This means that he will be a Feyenoord player until the summer of 2016, before he will leave on a free transfer at the expiration of his contract.

Whilst this is not great for Southampton, who will not be able to sign one of their main targets this summer, it means that he will be available for free next summer, and the Saints are sure to be at the front of the queue for his signature.

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