Arsenal and Newcastle United are being linked with Feyenoord defender Stefan De Vrij, but the young Dutchman has other offers from the Premier League and could yet decide to stay in The Netherlands according to his agent.
20-year-old Stefan De Vrij has been getting plenty of interest from scouts of Premier League clubs, as the 6ft 2in centre back has greatly impressed in his three years at Feyenoord and in his 20 appearances for The Netherlands’ youth sides.
His progress has been so rapid, that he was even named in Bert van Marwijk’s provisional 36-man Dutch squad for Euro 2012, and despite not marking the final cut, shows how highly rated the youngster is in his homeland.
Newcastle are being linked with players from the Eredivisie left, right and centre, while Arsenal’s chief scout Steve Rowley is thought to be a long-time admirer, with Aston Villa and Everton also reported to be sniffing around.
Stefan De Vrij’s agent Carl Thomas of SEG international told Sky Sports: “There are a number of clubs looking at Stefan, but we will make no further comment at this stage,” and there is no guarantee that he will move this summer.
Der Vrij signed a new contract just last summer and is contracted to the De Kuip club until 2014, having the prospect of UEFA Champions League football to look forward to next season, something Newcastle can’t offer him straight away.
YouTube videos of defenders aren’t quite as exciting as those of forwards, but here’s Stefan De Vrij bundling home for Feyenoord against PSV…
Anyone know Dutch?