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Luuk de Jong – Who is Newcastle’s new loanee?

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Tonight, Newcastle United announced the loan signing of Dutch forward Luuk de Jong from Borussia Mönchengladbach until the end of the season, with a view to permanency.

The 23-year-old passed his medical today and joins fellow Oranje internationals Tim Krul and Vurnon Anita at the Premier League outfit. The striker is desperate to make an impression for the Magpies after being frozen out at Mönchengladbach.

De Jong joined the Bundesliga side for a reported €15m two years ago, after notching 45 goals in 86 appearances for FC Twente. Unfortunately, after the lack of chances in the first-team, De Jong has found the net just six times in Germany. De Jong did not fare well under Swiss coach Lucien Favre, who restricted him to cameo appearances this term and froze him out of his first team plans.

De Jong last scored in April 2013 in a 1-0 win against Greuther Furth. Reflecting on his time in Germany, De Jong stated: “The coach did not give me the impression he had faith in me. It has been a time to forget. He just did not talk to me that much.”

In an interview with the club official website, De Jong is now looking forward: “It has been a tough season for me so far but I am here to play games and want to be important for the team, and successful with goals and assists.”

“I am really looking forward to playing for Newcastle.”

The Oranje international, who has won seven caps, could make his debut in Saturday’s Tyne-Wear derby against bitter North-East rivals Sunderland at St. James Park. De Jong will compete with Loic Remy, Papiss Cisse and Shola Ameobi for a place up front, and try to play himself in contention for the Dutch World Cup squad this summer.

WHAT WILL HE BRING TO THE TOON?

The brother of Ajax playmaker Siem de Jong, Luuk started at De Graafschap and rose up through the ranks for the youth squad. He played one season in the first-team and that was enough to persaude FC Twente to snap him up at the start of the 2009/2010 season.

The notoriously composed De Jong has already, at 23, a history of winning titles and has played in pressure-cooker atmospheres such as the Amsterdam ArenA. Winning the Dutch title under Steve McClaren, he experienced some high-octane and shouldn’t be affected by a passionate but potentially overwhelming grounds of the Premier League.

Past history has shown that the Dutchman is pretty calm in the penalty area. If he regains his confidence, you will not see him rush his shot and he does not stress with defenders breathing down his neck.

An undervalued attribute is his ability to finish with both feet. Although the right foot is his strongest, he has scored a lot of goals with his left. His movement is excellent and quick, and even standing at 6ft 2inches tall, he can use his speed to move quickly to pressurize the opposition. He can hold his own in the air so if Newcastle can find some decent deliveries now that Yohan Cabaye has been sold, De Jong will become an aerial threat. With Remy and Cisse, Alan Pardew’s side lack height and presence up front so the arrival of De Jong should take that burden from Shola Ameobi, who has been a bit-part player for Newcastle this season as a target man.

Even though he is tall, do not except him to be the new Duncan Ferguson as he is not the most aggressive forward you’ll see. In the past, Twente’s and Mönchengladbach’s creative players have provided De Jong with clear-cut chances, not created many of his own, so this is where he may struggle and drift out of the game against the most aggressive of Premier League’s defences.

With a loan deal, it is not much of a gamble for Newcastle, the risk all falls on the Luuk de Jong. This is a chance for him to prove himself once again and either cement a permanent deal in the North-East, or once again impress scouts across Europe that had many clubs vying for his signature 18 months ago.

Whether or not he will be a success is yet to be seen, but with his cool attitude in the box and if the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita and Moussa Sissoko can create for him, maybe you could see De Jong in the Oranje squad and a black and white shirt for years to come.

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LOANEE ROOM RETURNS TO VITESSE

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Eloy Room, who has spent this season on loan at Go Ahead Eagles, has returned back to his parent club Vitesse Arnhem.

Room has started all twenty games for Eagles this campaign, has been ordered to return to Vitesse as the Arnhem club as suffering an injury crisis in the goalkeeping department. Estonian ‘keeper Marko Meerits is due to have an operation on a troubled knee and will be out of action for 8-10 weeks. With the young Jereon Houwen, 17, the only cover for first-choice Piet Velthuizen, manager Peter Bosz recalled the Dutch-Curaçaoan immediately.

Eagles head coach Foeke Booy is disappointed but understand’s Vitesse’s position. Talking to www.ga-eagles.nl, the clubs official website, Booy said: ‘This is unfortunate for us, but there was nothing in our power to keep Eloy here. There was a clause in the deal that allowed Vitesse to recall Eloy in the event of an injury to any of their goalkeepers.

“I spoke Eloy to about this situation and I totally understand and I thanked him for his efforts. He stated that he would loved to continue here with us, but unfortunately it’s not happening.”

Booy is now left with three inexperienced goalkeepers to choose from with Erik Cummins (25) set to start away to NEC Nijmegen on Sunday. Cummins has been the number two goalkeeper for the majority of the season but now, Ruben Lucas (19) and Patrick Ter Mate (21) will be competing for the spot on the bench.

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Heerenveen sign Lurling

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Ten years after leaving for Feyenoord, 36-year-old Anthony Lurling has returned to Heerenveen on a deal until the end of the season.

36-year-old Anthony Lurling is not ready yet

Lurling has already stated that even at the age of 36, he wants to impress and win a longer contract at the Friesland club.

The striker, who will be 37 in April, arrives from NAC Breda where he has spent the last seven seasons, making 190 appearances scoring 33 goals.

Lurling had plenty of offers but chose Heerenveen out of them all: “When I was allowed to leave Köln eight years ago, the telephone hardly rang. Now I’m 36 and when NAC said I was allowed to leave, the phone has been ringing off the hook with Eredivisie and Eerste Divisie teams interested and also Belgian clubs.”.

Heerenveen’s director of football, Hans Vonk is delighted with the Lurling capture and looks to him nurture the young talent at the club: “Anthony is an experienced player who can play in many positions. We have a talented, but young team that could really do with the support of an experienced player like Anthony. Also, with Anthony knowing the club, this is a huge advantage which will make the transition that much easier.”

The move from NAC was arranged, after this past week, Lurling clashed with Breda manager Nebojša Gudelj after the coach has failed to select the player since the 1-0 win over Cambuur on December 21st 2013.

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Crystal Palace soaring towards Bjelland

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FC Twente and manager Michel Jansen are bracing for a bid for Danish central defender Andreas Bjelland from English Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace.

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Palace, managed by Tony Pulis, are currently sitting in 16th but only two points off the relegation places and are looking to bolster their defensive options with the 6ft 2 centre-back.

The 25-year-old will be a great asset to Pulis, who is known for his long ball football and uses height to his team’s advantage. The Dane is a master at aerial duels and his great concentration has helped Twente to helped four clean sheets this season when he has played, including a man-of-the-match performance in the narrow 1-0 away win to Cambuur.

The Dane always shows great discipline for a defender and has only been booked this season in 21 games for club and country. For the Danish national side, Bjelland has won 12 international caps and scored twice.

Bjelland has confirmed in the past that he has an ambition to play in England: “Where and when it will be, we must take time, but I have a dream of one day coming to England and playing.”

Whether or not Bjelland will be interested in a move to Palace, remains to be seen but as the London club faces some stiff competition from Russian giants CSKA Moscow for the defender’s signature.

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Fulham flop to be loaned to PSV

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Costa Rican attacking midfielder Bryan Ruiz has agreed to join PSV Eindhoven on loan for the rest of the season after a disappointing season and a half in the Premier League with Fulham.

Purchased in August 2011 for £10.6m by the now-departed manager Martin Jol, big things were expected from the 28-year-old. However, Ruiz has failed to live up to expectations and scored just eight goals for the Cottagers in 68 appearances.

Before moving to London, Ruiz starred for FC Twente. Twente signed the Costa Rican for €5 from Belgian side Racing Genk, and the player signed a four-year contract. In the Eredivisie, he netted 35 times in 65 games thus earning him the admirations of Martin Jol.

This past week, new Fulham boss René Meulensteen while talking to the BBC, he stated that Ruiz would be allowed to leave in this transfer window due to the player’s demands to play first team football: “We have allowed Bryan Ruiz to talk to a number of clubs to see if something can come out of that.

“Don’t get me wrong, he is a very good player. I’ve come in, I’ve looked at the squad, worked with these players, I’ve picked my teams on what I think are the right reasons and motivations, but I can also understand Bryan’s point of view.

“He is a good player, has a World Cup coming up and he obviously needs to play, but I can’t, like with any other player, guarantee that.”

PSV Technical Director Marcel Brands tonight has spoke to Eindhoven’s Dagblad and confirmed that the player has agreed to join PSV. The Eindhoven club has no option to buy Ruiz, but they will pay Fulham a €1m fee to loan the player and will now apply for a work permit. Tomorrow, Ruiz will travel to Eindhoven to finalize deal.

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Labyad glad to return to the Eredivisie

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Vitesse Arnhem, chasing their first ever Eredivisie title, have further reinforced their midfield with the loan signing of former PSV midfielder Zakaria Labyad.

The young Moroccan international joins from Sporting Lisbon on a 18-month loan deal, after failing to make an impact in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.

Labyad, 20, has only appeared in 20 games for Sporting since signing a five-year contract in Lisbon on a free transfer from PSV Eindhoven in July 2012.

Eager to return to the Eredivisie, Labyad spoke to Voetbal International: “I am very happy and relieved that I return home to the Netherlands.

“I am very glad at the thought that I can once again, I can spend every day with my friends and family. I am ready to play and I hope to be selected quickly.”

Labyad could make his first appearance when Peter Bosz’s side travel to PEC Zwolle next Saturday evening.

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John set to wing his way into Ajax

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Dutch newspaper Algameen Dagblad state that Eredivisie table-toppers Ajax are looking to bolster their attack with the loan signing of 21-year-old winger Ola John.

John is currently plying his trade in Portugal with Benfica, but is struggling to find a first team place and he has only featured in ten games so far this season in the Primeira Liga.

AD report that the two clubs have come to an agreement regarding the six-month loan deal, and John should arrive in Amsterdam until the end of the Eredivisie season.

John last played in Holland in 2012 with FC Twente, scoring nine goals in 46 games, before clinching a €9m move to Portugal in May that year. The Dutchman has netted just five times for the Portuguese giants in 59 appearances.

Frank de Boer’s Ajax side are set to compete in Turkey this weekend against Celtic, Galatasaray and Trabzonspor in the Antalya Cup friendly tournament.

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Norwegian international to sign for Cardiff?

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It’s the January transfer window and once again the transfer rumours are running rampant – but this one does seem to have some legs.

New Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer was spotted with Heerenveen midfield star Magnus Wolff Eikrem outside St James’ Park shortly after the Bluebirds’ 2-1 FA Cup victory over Newcastle United.

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WHO IS MAGNUS WOLFF EIKREM?

At age 12, Eikrem attended one of Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s soccer schools and shortly after, he was signed as a schoolboy for his local team in Norway, Molde FK.

It is no coincidence that Solsjkaer has already gone on to manage the Heerenveen midfielder twice, at Manchester United reserves and at Molde. Eikrem signed for Manchester United on his 16th birthday before being managed by Solskjaer in the reserves in 2008.

Then in his first full managerial role, Solsjkaer was appointed manager of Molde in his native Norway in 2011, he brought the midfielder back to his home town club in the same month as his appointment

The pair helped Molde win two Norwegian Tippeligaen titles with Eikrem scoring six goals in 68 appearances under Solsjkaer’s leadership and winning the ‘Player of the Year’ award in his second season. Then just this past June, the new Cardiff boss sold Eikrem to Marco van Basten’s Heerenveen where the 23-year-old has scored twice in 13 appearances.

IF THE TRANSFER HAPPENS?

Obviously close friends; it now appears that Eikrem could be Solsjkaer’s first signing for Cardiff. Particularly when seen the player is seen in Newcastle watching a Cardiff game, while his club, Heerenveen are in Albufeira, Portugal at a winter training camp.

However, if the transfer happens, Cardiff City can expect a creative right-footed central midfielder who has been often compared to former Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric.

A weakness could be his height, standing at just 5ft 8in, winning just two of 13 aerial duels for Heerenveen this season. Although, Eikrem is not a powerhouse, he is strong on the ball and his brain along with his rapid-fire decision making could prove to be a hit in the Premier League. Like a champion chess player, before accepting the pass, he knows what his next move is going to be, being very aware of team-mates movement around the pitch.

Eikrem’s quality precise passes is currently opening Eredivisie defences for fun, currently with a 79% success rate, making 362 of his 456 attempts. Also, look for the midfielder to hold his own in the tackling department; he is currently averaging 2.2 tackles per game, a total of 29.

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As the picture above shows, it certainly looks like the young Norwegian could be on his way to Wales to play for Solsjkaer once again. He will join Jon Dahl Tomasson, Marcus Allback, Afonso Alves, Oussama Assaidi and Georgios Samaras in the long list of Heerenveen players sold to the English Premier League – but look to him to make a bigger impact that the majority of that list.

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Vitesse capture another Chelsea loanee

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Vitesse Arnhem have loaned yet another Chelsea youngster to help their charge in the Eredivisie title race.

The 18-year-old Burkina Faso international, Bertrand Traoré, whom signed for Chelsea officially on January 1st, barely had time to unpack his bags as Blues boss Jose Mourinho has sent the midfielder onto the GelreDome until the end of the season.

A statement on the ChelseaFC.com said: “Traoré signed for Chelsea following a successful trial period with the club during the summer, and now heads to the Netherlands to gain first-team experience. Traoré will link up with a Vitesse side which is currently second in the Eredivisie, on the same points as leaders Ajax.”

Two further Chelsea youngsters on loan at Vitesse, English central defender Sam Hutchinson and French wideman Gaël Kakuta, have not made an impact in Arnhem so far this season and have been recalled to London.

WHO IS BERTRAND TRAORÉ?

Born in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso in his home country of Burkina Faso, Traoré joined Chelsea’s youth academy in 2011 after making his international debut at just 15 years old.

Mourinho was impressed with the youngster after viewing his performances in youth matches, and decided to take him on the club’s pre-season tour of Asia. Traoré went on to star in three games of the tour, scoring twice and was a stand-out performer as the Londoners strolled to a 4-1 friendly win against a Singha All Stars XI in July.

Chelsea’s main struggle was obtaining a work permit for him – entering the UK on a student visa, the Blues had to wait until Traoré was 18 to meet the legal criteria.

In Asia, he was featured out wide, although he will possibly star as central attacking midfielder for Vitesse.

Although, he has been known to have problems with fitness levels at time-to-time, Traoré’s use of the ball is his main plus point. A very proficient passer with great range, he is not afraid to take an opponent on and burn him for pace. He will also often sting the goalkeepers’ gloves with fierce shots from long range.

Vitesse have once again picked up a great talent from Mourinho’s side, and expect the Burkina Faso international to be a success like his Chelsea team-mates Lucas Piazón and Christian Atsu have so far in Arnhem this season.

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TRANSFER DEADLINE DAY

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With the European transfer window closed, Will Burns is here with an update of all the transfers happening in and out of the Eredivisie on the final day of business. To view all the previous transfers from the summer transfer window click here.

LIVE UPDATES

DONE DEAL – 23:59 – Ajax defensive midfielder Ilan Boccara has joined Ligue 1 side Evian on loan until May.

DONE DEAL – 20:55 – ADO Den Haag have bolstered their attacking options signing Roland Alberg from Turkish side Elazığspor.

DONE DEAL – 20:21 – La Liga side Atletico Madrid finally announce the signing of Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld on a four-year contract.

DONE DEAL – 20:20 – Sparta Rotterdam midfielder Iliass Bel Hassani has announced via twitter that he has joined Heracles.

AJAX DONE – 19:17 – Sporting director Marc Overmars talking to Mike Verweij states there will be no more business from Ajax tonight. Eljero Elia‘s proposed move fell through as Werder Bremen insisted on permanent sale, with Ajax only wanting to take the player on loan with option to buy.

DONE DEAL – 18:56 – Feyenoord defender Matthew Steenvoorden, 20, will spend the rest of the season on loan at FC Dordrecht.

HOT RUMOUR – 18:52 – Thijs Slegers reports that Everton have turned their attentions to PSV‘s Swedish forward Ola Toivonen.

DONE DEAL – 18:41 – Lucas Woudenberg leaves Feyenoord to join Excelsior Rotterdam for the remainder of the season on loan.

DONE DEAL – 17:59 – Winger Youness Mokhtar has joined FC Twente on a four-year deal from Eredivisie league leaders PEC Zwolle for an undisclosed fee.

DEAL OFF 17:34 – Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman states he does not expect Everton target Bruno Martins Indi or Graziano Pelle to leave the club today.

HOT RUMOUR – 17:28 –  De Telegraaf’s Ajax reporter Mike Verweij states that the Amsterdammers are negotiating with Eljero Elia‘s agent. Elia currently plays in the Bundesliga with Werder Bremen.

DONE DEAL – 17:25 – Ajax clinch the signature of midfielder Lerin Duarte from Heracles Almelo for an undisclosed fee. Duarte had been rumoured all summer long as a replacement for the outgoing Christian Eriksen. The Jong Oranje player signs a four-year contract

DONE DEAL – 16:45 – Heerenveen bring in Nigerian striker Uche Owofor from VVV Venlo on a season-long loan deal. 

DONE DEAL – 16:00 – Yet another Chelsea reserve player joins Vitesse Arnhem on loan. English defender Sam Hutchinson, aged 24 joins after making just five appearances since his debut in 2007.

DONE DEAL – 15:35 – German midfielder Simon Cziommer, 32, has signed for Heracles on a free transfer after being released from Vitesse Arnhem at the end of last season.

DONE DEAL – 15:10 – Heerenveen have sold Sven Kums to Belgian club Zulte Waregem. The Belgian midfielder has agreed a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

DONE DEAL – 15:00 – PEC Zwolle signed Leroy Labylle this afternoon from Eerste Divisie MVV Maastricht.

DONE DEAL – 15:00 – Ajax youngster Joeri de Kamps, 21, joins Heerenveen on a season loan deal.

DONE DEAL – 13:00 – NEC Nijmegen, without a win this season have strengthened by signing three new members to the squad. Belgian right-back, Marnick Vermijl, 21, arrives on a season-long loan. Austrian striker Jakob Jantscher joins from Red Bull Salzburg on a permanent two-year deal and 21-year-old Samuel Štefánik comes from Trencin, where he scored twenty times in 96 games. The Slovakian midfielder has signed for three seasons.

DONE DEAL – 11:30 – Joshua John leaves FC Twente to join Danish Superliga side FC Norsjaelland on a three-year contract. He spent last season on-loan at the Danish side.

DONE DEAL – 09:00 – 19-year-old right-back Kevin Gomez has left Feyenoord to join Stoke City on a two-year-deal for an undisclosed fee.

DONE DEAL – 09:00 – Portuguese central midfielder Francisco Junior has joined Vitesse Arnhem on a season-long loan from Premier League side Everton.

Ajax sell Eriksen & Alderweireld

Ajax fans have endured a painful transfer window this summer, even though up to a few days ago, it looked like a successful one. Friday saw Christian Eriksen sign for Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur on a £11.5m deal, Saturday morning came news that Toby Alderweireld was flying to Madrid to complete a transfer to Atletico. The Amsterdam club have made some good money on the transfers as both were set to leave on a free at the end of the season.

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Spurs have been splashing the cash during the transfer window and have broken their own transfer record three times with the signings of Paulinho, Roberto Soldado and Erik Lamela. Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, who was also on Liverpool’s wanted list, has joined in a deal worth £11.5m.

The Denmark international moved to Ajax in 2008 from Odense in his homeland and has since gone on to play a total of 161 games for the Eredivisie club scoring 33 times.

Eriksen, capped 37 times by his country, has enjoyed great success during his time in Amsterdam. A main player in De Boer’s reign, he won three consecutive Eredivisie league titles between 2011 and 2013. The Dane was also named Talent of the Year and Ajax’s Player of the Year in 2011, and also voted Danish Football Player of the Year, the same year.

Spurs announced the transfer on their official website: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Christian Eriksen.”

Eriksen added: “Everyone has followed the development of Spurs and it’s something I want to be part of.”

The purchase of Eriksen is likely to take Andre Villas-Boas’ side’s summer spending to just under £105m in this transfer window and paves the way for Gareth Bale to join Real Madrid in a world-record move.

Spanish side Atlético Madrid are hours away from finalising the transfer of Toby Alderweireld. The Belgian international has attracted interest from a number of English clubs throughout the summer, with Spurs, Newcastle, Everton and Norwich as well as Liverpool monitoring his situation at Ajax, however he has chosen to move to Spain.

Last week, Ajax had accepted a bid in the region of €5m from Spartak Moscow earlier this month but Alderweireld, 24, also turned down the move to Russia.

Atlético are able to offer the Belgian Champions League football and his signing will pave the way for Martin Demichelis to be reunited with Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

Diego Simeone will to sign Alderweireld to a four year contract later today and may make his debut away to Real Sociedad tomorrow evening.

As for replacements for the two stars, Ajax have plenty of options but only a few days to make the signings complete.

In midfield, Heracles’ Lerin Duarte has been linked with the defending Eredivisie champions all summer long and he looks like the favourite to fill in for Eriksen.

Frank de Boer did enquire to Chelsea about taking Marco van Ginkel on a season-long loan, but the Blues hierarchy rejected the deal immediately, as they see the Dutchman playing a strong role in their charge for the English league title.

FC Twente’s Dusan Tadic was rumoured but Ajax Sporting Director Marc Overmars stated that the Amsterdammers were not interested.

In defence, Ajax’s purchase of FC Utrecht’s young central defender Mike van der Hoorn in the summer, has always being mooted as Alderweireld’s replacement once he moved on.

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Introducing Jesús Manuel Corona…

Last week, it was announced that FC Twente had signed one of the real prospects from the world of football, his name is Jesús Manuel Corona.

The 20-year-old, 5ft 5inch right sided winger, nicknamed “El Tecatito”, signs on a free transfer from Liga MX side Monterrey after rejecting a new contract from the Mexican club last year.

The young Mexican suffered a frustrating time in his homeland with Monterrey, unable to force himself into the starting line-up in a team packed with experienced internationals. However, Corona’s opportunity did arrive during last year’s Club World Championships, where Monterrey picked up a respectable third position. Chilean international striker Humberto Suazo found himself injured before the trip to Japan, so Monterrey coach Victor Manuel Vucetich handed the youngster a chance to star.

Vucetich’s decision proved to be a great one as Corona notched two goals in four appearances and was rightly named Man-of-the-Match in a semi-final defeat to English side Chelsea. Corona showed in the tournament that he is perfect example of a pacy winger with a tremendous dribbling ability to torment full-backs down either flank. The defenders of Eredivisie must not take this tricky little dribbler lightly.

Corona has signed a four year deal at the Enschede club, but he will most probably not see that contract out.  As with every talent in the Eredivisie, Europe’s big clubs will be ready to pounce to steal the player away from the Dutch league.

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Miracle if Eriksen does not move to England next week

Dutch journalist Jaap de Groot, whom writes for De Telegraaf, has stated that it will be a ‘miracle’ if Ajax’s Christian Eriksen does not move to an English Premier League club this coming week.

Now the transfer window is closing and the clubs across Europe start to panic buy, De Groot assumes that Eriksen will leave Ajax this coming week: “The signs are showing now that a miracle must happen if the Dane not move to England over the next week. Perhaps to Liverpool, but another club could steal in to take him.”

Over the summer, Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool have been strongly linked to the Danish international but it is understood that Tottenham Hotspur have also been involved in talks with Ajax sporting director Marc Overmars over a transfer.

It is no secret that Manchester United is also in the hunt for a central midfielder. David Moyes has asked his old club Everton to allow Belgian international Marouane Fellani move to Old Trafford after already rejecting a bid from Moyes. The Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright rejected the joint bid for Fellani and Leighton Baines earlier this week, so Moyes may have look elsewhere. Anyone who has watched Eriksen in his time at Ajax would agree that the Dane would fit right in behind Robin van Persie.

However only yesterday, it was reported in Italy that Serie A giants AC Milan have joined the race for Eriksen after the player turned down a move to Germany with Bayer Leverkusen this past week.

Milan have turned to the Ajax playmaker after admitting defeat in their pursuit of CSKA Moscow’s Japanese playmaker Keisuke Honda, while AS Roma are also thought to be contemplating a bid if they lose Argentine midfielder Erik Lamela to Tottenham.

According to MilanNews.it, Italy, Spain and England remain the only likely destinations for the Dane, who has ruled out moves to Germany and Russia, despite strong interest from Leverkusen and Zenit St Petersburg. The website reports that Eriksen is open to a move to Italy after spending his recent summer holidays in Venice.

As previously stated, Eriksen reportedly wants Champions League football, a demand that would appear to rule out a move to Spurs and Liverpool.

That would appear to leave Manchester United or Milan in pole position for Eriksen providing the Italians are able to progress to the competition’s group stages this Wednesday night after drawing 1-1 with PSV in the first leg of their qualifying match last Tuesday.

Milan’s move for Honda has been one of the most protracted sagas of the off-season, but both sides now appear to have reached an impasse.

Juventus, who have automatically qualified for the Champions League group stages, were also previously credited with a move for Eriksen but AC Milan could beat their Serie A rivals to the 21-year-old’s signature as soon as next Wednesday when the second leg of their play-off against PSV takes place at the San Siro.

Wherever his destination, his assists, key passes, set-piece plays and powerful shooting will add something special to any team across the globe but the defending Eredivisie champions Ajax will miss him terribly. The Dane has already notched two goals in four games this campaign, even though the Amsterdammers have dropped points to currently sit fourth in the division.

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