Report: Sunderland enter transfer race for Dutch midfielder Jordy Clasie

Sunderland and Southampton are now battling it out to sign the Feyenoord youngster.

Clasie is considered one of the best talents in the Eredivisie, but it appears as if his future lies away from the Netherlands following transfer interest from the Premier League.

Southampton have long been linked with a move for the 23-year-old midfielder, as per the Star, and now Sunderland look to have shown an interest in him, according to SoccerNews.

Having recently appointed Dutch manager Dick Advocaat on a full-time basis, he has been promised a large transfer budget to improve his playing squad, and according to the report Clasie could be a target to improve his midfield, and show off his ambition.

The Star report claims that a fee of £12.7 million would be needed to open discussions with Clasie, and Southampton look prepared to pay that price, with head coach Ronald Koeman a big fan of his former player - with the duo working together at De Kuip.

Clasie is ken on securing a move away from Feyenoord this summer, opening the door for a potential transfer. A full Dutch international, he is sure to choose a transfer that guarantees him consistent playing time at a good level, and the Saints have the advantage in being able to offer him Europa League football next term.

The young midfielder has made 155 appearances for Feyenoord, scoring eight goals and registering 24 assists. A playmaker who is able to play anywhere through the centre of the midfield, he was a surprise inclusion in Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands squad for the 2014 World Cup, taking his total number of appearances for his country up to 11.

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