Southampton have agreed a £5.5 million deal to sign Deyovaisio Zeefuik from Groningen, according to Voetbal International.
Not that Saints fans should rush to their nearest Sports Direct to get the Dutchman’s name printed on the back of their new home shirt.
The South Coast club might have come to an agreement with Groningen, but the transfer is far from done.
As Zeefuik himself told RTV Noord over the weekend, his dream is to join an ambitious, American-owned Hertha Berlin outfit.
As a result, the Holland U21 international appears to be resisting Groningen’s attempts to sell him to the Premier League.
“The problem is that (technical director Mark-Jan) Fledderus just wants to deal with Southampton and push me that way. He supposedly wants the best for me, but I want to decide about my career myself,” the former Ajax starlet explains.
Fledderus has admitted that Groningen have held talks with Southampton, with Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side apparently reaching an agreement over a £5.5 million fee.
Hertha may be Zeefuik’s preferred destination but, if the Bundesliga outfit are unwilling to improve their initial £2.5 million offer, then the buccaneering Dutchman will not be packing his bags for Berlin any time soon.
And, just to add to the confusion, it seems that Zeefuik’s agent is complicating matters further.
As Southampton scout Piet Buter tells Voetbal International; “the fee that he wants to receive from the transfer is, for Southampton, far too high. I hope it will be alright but it has become a complicated situation.”
You can say that again, Piet.