Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brentford have missed out on the signing of Dirk Proper, with Voetbal International reporting that the highly-rated midfielder has signed a new contract with NEC Nijmegen instead.
The Netherlands youth star is not the first NEC player to catch the eye of clubs in English shores of late.
But, while nine-goal forward Ole Romeny could be on his way out of Holland, amid reported interest from Leeds United and Manchester City (VI), Proper has instead committed his future to the Eerste Divisie outfit for the time being.
VI claims that Wolves and Brentford, who have also set their sights on Romeny, have made approaches for Proper.
Yet, with the ink drying on a new contract until 2023, the Gelderland-born dynamo is not going anywhere just yet.
“I am just proud that I can play for this club in the coming years,” Proper says. “It is of course the intention that I will play as many minutes as possible in the coming years.
“I am young and I have to make sure that I play a lot.
“That other clubs are interested just says that both me and NEC are doing well. I am convinced that signing up with NEC is a good move for my development.”
Proper made just nine appearances in the Dutch second tier across 2019/20, so you can understand why regular first-team football was central to his decision.
However, if he continues to develop, do not be surprised if Wolves renew their interest sooner rather than later.
The Black Country giants have already snapped up two Netherlands-based youngsters this year, landing Nigel Lonwijk from PSV and Justin Hubner from Den Bosch.