Monday, June 18, 2018

Eredivisie stars linked with Premier League moves

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is just one of the Eredivisie stars on Premier League clubs radars this summer

Vitesse Arnhem striker Wilfried Bony is just one of the Eredivisie stars on Premier League clubs radars this summer

The Eredivisie seems to be the en vogue place for Premier League clubs to shop this summer.

Many of the Dutch top-flight’s stars are attracting admiring glances and enquiries from clubs in the Premier League this summer:

Here are just a few of Eredivisie players that have attracted English top-flight clubs:

Wilfried Bony (Vitesse Arnhem)

The 24-year-old Ivorian international has been on the radar of many Premier League clubs for a while now. The main reason being that he is so prolific in front of goal.

Last season Bony scored an incredible 31 goals in just 30 Eredivisie appearances as Vitesse finished fourth in the Dutch top-flight.

Bony’s scoring feats have attracted the summer interest of Swansea, who according to Sky reports are in talks with the striker.

However, reports this morning from the same source suggest that Bony could be a £10million target for West Ham.

Bony could be a big asset for whichever club he joins, as he has a record of a goal every other game in league football, albeit it in the Czech Republic and Holland. It is still an impressive statistic.

Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar)

According to various news outlets, USA international striker Jozy Altidore is attracting interest from the Premier League, mainly in the Sunderland area. AZ are not in any hurry to sell their star striker though, as they lost star midfielder Adam Maher to PSV Eindhoven earlier this summer for a fee in the region of £5million.

The fee for Altidore is likely to be more, as Premier League clubs are interested in the 23-year-old. Altidore has just enjoyed the most prolific season of his career, registering 23 goals in the Eredivisie. He is big and strong and has improved in recent years.

Of course, the USA international has enjoyed a previous spell in England on-loan at Hull in 2009. The striker has matured a lot since then and he would be a far bigger threat to top-flight English defences this time around.

Kevin Strootman (PSV)

The Holland international has been linked with a move for Manchester United for a long time now and the link just does not seem to go away. United are in the market for a central midfielder, with Barcelona’s Thiago Alcantara believed to be their main midfielder transfer target this summer.

However, should a move for the Spanish ace fall through then a move for Strootman would not be a bad back-up for United boss David Moyes to have. Strootman is big, powerful, and skilful and played for the Dutch at this summer’s under-21 European Championships.

Strootman’s club PSV Eindhoven remain confident that their talented star will stay, but the arrival of Adam Maher from AZ Alkmaar suggests that the Dutch side are preparing to lose the Holland international.

Leroy Fer (FC Twente)

Fer was also in the Dutch squad at the European Championships. The midfielder came close to an £8million move to Premier League Everton in January.

Unfortunately, the deal fell through when it when Everton alleged that Fer had a problem with one of his knees. Twente refuted the claims that Fer was carrying any injury problems. Fer has since gone on to complete the season with Twente and take part at the aforementioned under-21 European Championship.

Fer like Strootman is a full Holland international and has been compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira, because of his build and style of play. The 23-year-old revealed earlier in the summer that officials from Everton keep in touch with his agent on a regular basis.

A summer move to the Toffees cannot be ruled out with constant speculation over the future of Everton’s highly-rated Belgium international Marouane Fellaini. Fer would not be a terrible replacement for the big-haired one.


Stoke have already snapped up a player from the Eredivisie in the shape of full-back Erik Pieters from PSV Eindhoven. The Holland international looks unlikely to be the last player to make the trip from the Eredivisie to the Premier League this summer.

Which Eredivisie player would be the best new arrival to the Premier League?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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