Report: West Ham, Sunderland and Bournemouth interested in Dutch player Tonny Vilhena

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West Ham United, Sunderland and Bournemouth have been linked with Tonny Vilhena.

According to the Mirror, West Ham United are among three Premier League clubs interested in Feyenoord’s talented midfielder Tonny Vilhena.

The British newspaper names the Hammers, Sunderland and Bournemouth as those interested as the trio have been put on alert by the midfielder’s decision to seek an exit from his club.

“I have to respect his wishes not to sign a new contract,” Feyenoord boss Giovanni van Bronckhorst was quoted as saying upon the midfielder’s refusal to sign a new deal at the club.

Vilhena is regarded as one of the most promising players in the Dutch top flight, reportedly attracting the attentions of Southampton boss Ronald Koeman last January.

The Holland U21 international is predominantly a central midfielder, although his best attributes involve his attacking play with two goals and two assists in ten league appearances this season.

His refusal to extend his current deal forces Feyenoord into a tricky spot, with the Dutch side allegedly accepting that his time at the club is drawing to a close amid interest from abroad.

Sunderland, Bournemouth and West Ham have been cited as the clubs leading the way in terms of interest in Vilhena and a potential move to England could be on the cards.

The Hammers in particular are keen on bolstering their attacking ranks and bringing in a potential understudy to key man Dimitri Payet makes a lot of sense.

The East London club are going strong in the league this season although their small squad has already experienced how tough it can be when injuries begin to take their toll.

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