As reported by the Chronicle, Newcastle no longer show an interest in Feyenoord midfielder Jordy Clasie, despite him being considered last month as a potential transfer target.
The Dutch international midfielder, and captain of Feyenoord, is expected to leave De Kuip this summer. He has outgrown his role with his hometown club, and after impressing for a number of seasons, a move to a bigger league is expected.
Newcastle were one such team who have been linked with offering him a path to the Premier League, and it is hard to deny that he would improve the Magpies midfield. Able to play anywhere in the centre of the pitch, Clasie, 23, offers a calming presence on the ball.
He is a solid tackler, can recycle possession with the best of them, and also has a great forward thinking vision when it comes to playmaking. He is a type of player that is currently absent in the Magpies ranks, and it is hard to see why they are no longer tracking him.
Yet Newcastle’s loss could be the gain of two of their Premier League rivals. Sunderland and Southampton have long been linked with Clasie, and they appear to be the only two teams left fighting for his signature. The Daily Star has linked the Saints with Ronald Koeman’s former midfielder, whilst Sunderland have been linked by SoccerNews.
He would be a great signing for a number of Premier League clubs, and with Newcastle pulling out of the race for his services, it could be another Premier League club who benefits.