Speaking to Voetbal International, Ronald Koeman has confirmed he has interest in signing Tonny Vilhena of Feyenoord, having tracked him over the summer.
The Saints head coach said: “Let me put it this way: the interest is still there, even if a move happens next summer rather than this winter.”
Vilhena was linked with a switch to Southampton over the summer, as the VI report claims, but the 20-year-old central midfielder opted to remain with Feyenoord. This was despite falling out of favour at the club, and struggling for game time, although he is regarded as one of the best Dutch talents.
This season has been average for the youngster, playing nine times in the Eredivisie, but with only two starts to his name. He has yet to make his debut for the Dutch senior side, despite being highly touted, and a move away from De Kuip seems to make the most sense.
It was Koeman who gave Vilhena his debut at Feyenoord back in 2012, and he remains a big fan of his former midfield starlet.
The Dutch boss has now confirmed that he remains interested in signing Vilhena for the Saints, and a January move for the midfielder would seem to make most sense for all parties involved.