Southampton to look to Feyenoord’s Clasie as Schneiderlin replacement

De Telegraaf reported this morning that Southampton’s Dutch manager Ronald Koeman could look to recruit Feyenoord captain Jordy Clasie to as a replacement for midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin if a bid comes in for the Frenchman writes Will Burns.

Koeman of course has worked with Clasie before at Feyenoord and last season named the midfielder as club captain after striker Graziano Pelle was stripped of the armband for disciplinary problems. It is understood that Feyenoord will accept an offer of over €12m for the 23-year-old and the player could be moved on before the end of the European Transfer Window next Monday, 1st September.

Schneiderlin has been with the Premier League side for six years but he has publicity stated he would like to leave after being linked with moves to Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal by the British press. The 24-year-old delivered a Twitter outburst after the club’s hierarchy insisted Schneiderlin was not for sale – see below.

If Schneiderlin does get his own way and leaves the South Coast club, Clasie would be the perfect alternative. Great defensively as well as going forward, Clasie shields the back four as simultaneously beginning and orchestrating the forward play with his decisive passing.

Since he was 18-years-old, Clasie has been playing first time football in the Eredivisie, first loaned to Excelsior Rotterdam before in the midfield of Feyenoord.

Portuguese giants FC Porto have been linked all summer with a move for the player however it would seem if Southampton were interested, Clasie would jump to the chance of playing in the Premier League under former manager Koeman.


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