Joey Veerman wants to join Southampton from Eredivisie outfit Heerenveen and replace Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg at St Mary’s, according to the Sun (30 September, page 51).
With just five days left before the transfer window slams shut, it seems the Saints have finally made something of a breakthrough in their pursuit of a new all-action midfielder.
Two days after new £9 million PSV signing Ibrahim Sangare admitted to VI that he had come close to joining Southampton before moving to Eindhoven, another Eredivisie ace is starting to look like an increasingly realistic option.
The Premier League outfit sent scouts to watch Veerman in action over the weekend and he did not disappoint.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored the only goal of the game with a nerveless penalty as Heerenveen beat VVV Venlo 1-0.
AD reports that the Frisians want more than £11 million for Veerman; a fee that Southampton may be willing to pay given that there is little time for negotiations.
With Veerman interested in sealing a move to England, following in the footsteps of Graziano Pelle, Maya Yoshida and Dusan Tadic, Saints fans should be confident that Hojbjerg’s replacement may arrive at long last.