Saturday, May 26, 2018

Strootman happy at PSV; Altidore attracting Premier League interest

Holland international midfielder Kevin Strootman has insisted that he is happy at PSV Eindhoven amid reports that a bevy of English Premier League and Serie A sides, including Manchester United, are reportedly set to move for the Dutchman when the transfer window re-opens in January, Sky Sports understands.

Strootman, 22, has been on scintillating form for PSV Eindhoven this season, with five goals to his name in just eight league matches.

In addition, the 22-year-old midfielder has become a regular in the Oranje squad, having started four 2014 World Cup qualifying matches for Holland this term.

Despite the rumours, Strootman is in no rush to leave the Philips Stadion.

“A move abroad in the winter transfer window is by no means ideal,” Strootman told NUsport.

“That would only give you two weeks to adapt to your new surroundings. If a club really wants me, they will return in the summer.

“And it’s not like I want to leave PSV at all costs in the summer. We will hopefully play in the Champions League again next season.

“Of course, I have ambition and I occasionally discuss certain clubs with my agent, Chiel Dekker, but a transfer is not on my mind all the time. I am happy at PSV and want to win the league title here first.”

According to The Mirror, it will cost £25 million to sign the PSV Eindhoven standout, with long-time admirers Manchester United reportedly keen on a £15 million fee for the Holland international.

United could have signed Strootman for as little as £10 million in 2011, but Sir Alex Ferguson did not believe the Dutchman was ready to play in the English top-flight.

Altidore attracting Premier League interest

AZ Alkmaar forward Jozy Altidore, formerly of Hull City, is reportedly attracting interest from a host of Premier League clubs ahead of the January transfer window, according to the club’s technical director Earnest Stewart.

Altidore, 23, has started the 2012-13 league campaign on cracking form for AZ Alkmaar. The U.S. international has been scoring goals for fun as they say.

In fact, only Bonno Wilfried of Vitesse Arnhem — 15 — and Alfred Finnbogason of Heerenveen — 10 — have scored more goals in the Dutch Eredivisie than Altidore — 9 — this season.

Altidore was subject to a bid from a wealthy club from Eastern Europe just before the closing of the summer transfer window, confirmed Stewart.

“I can confirm that there was a bid for Jozy from a wealthy club from Eastern Europe,” Stewart told the club’s official website.

“The bid was received at a very late moment, therefore we couldn’t sign an adequate replacement. For us, it wasn’t interesting.

“Also, Jozy was keen to stay at AZ. After years of travelling, he has really found a home. He doesn’t want to just leave the club.

Furthermore, the likes of Nick Viergever, Adam Maher and Markus Henriksen are also attracting interest from potential Premier League suitors Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.


Shawn Etemadi



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