Report: Southampton no longer interested in Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena

St Marys Southampton

Southampton have been reportedly tracking Vilhena for much of the summer.

Vilhena is considered one of the best prospects in Dutch football, having developed under the tutelage of Ronald Koeman, but a report in SoccerNews has indicated that a move to the South Coast of England is no longer likely.

Voetbal Central reported earlier this summer that VIlhena’s exit from Feyenoord looked guaranteed, having rejected a contract extension offer and asked for a transfer. Southampton are listed as an interested party in that report, and Vilhena himself would be keen to link up with Koeman, who helped him become the player he is today.

However, the latest report claims that, whilst Koeman was keen on bringing the 20-year-old to St Mary’s Stadium this summer, he is no longer tracking Vilhenha.

Vilhena still wants to leave Feyenoord, but it is stated that ‘there is no concrete’ interest in his services, and he may be forced to remain at De Kuip against his wishes for the 2015/16 campaign.

It is likely that Southampton’s deal to sign Vilhena's former teammate Jordy Clasie is the reason that Koeman is no longer tracking the Dutch Under-21 international.

Both players are holding midfielders, but Clasie was the wiser option to sign, being slightly older, but vastly more experienced - and more talented.

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