Report: Tottenham Hotspur, Southampton interested in signing Feyenoord defender Sven van Beek


Tottenham and Southampton are keen on the 20-year-old Dutch defender.

Spurs and Southampton are looking to add defensive reinforcments this summer, and a report in Corriere dello Sport has indicated that the Premier League duo are interested in Feyenoord’s Sven van Beek.

Van Beek, a 20-year-old central defender, has played at De Kuip for his entire career, progressing from promising youth player to first-team star. He made 44 appearances in all this season, truly establishing himself in the senior squad, with 60 games to his name now.

His impressive form saw international recognition with a senior call-up to the Dutch squad, although he has yet to make his debut appearance, but it is not expected that the wait for a cap will be too long.

A talented defender, he has become known for his physical play in the back-line, as well as his great ability to read the game in front of him. Considered by some to be one of the best defenders in the Eredivisie, many see him as the future of the Dutch national team’s defence.

However, these impressive performances have seen interest in van Beek rise this season, and Feyenoord are resigned to losing him this summer transfer window.

Both Spurs and the Saints are linked with making a move for him, with the South Coast club expected to have the advantage due to van Beek’s relationship with head coach Ronald Koeman - who handed the youngster his Feyenoord debut in 2013.

He has a contract until 2018, meaning Feyenoord are not being pushed to sell him, and there is no reference to an asking price placed on the head of the talented youngster.

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