Glasgow Rangers target Joey Veerman has revealed that he now has little choice but to move abroad, coming after interest from Ibrox was reported back in April.
The Lowdown: Veerman was expecting to stay in Eredivisie
It had been expected that Veerman would stay in the Dutch top flight instead of moving abroad.
That was certainly the thought of Veerman’s former coach, Robert Molenaar (The Times), while Dutch football expert James Rowe also expected him to move to one of the Netherlands’ bigger clubs rather than move elsewhere (Rangers News).
The Latest: Veerman suggests move abroad
The transfer of Davy Propper from Brighton to PSV, though, appears to have changed things. Speaking to ESPN (via Glasgow Live), Veerman said:
“Ajax has a lot of good midfielders, PSV just chose someone else. I happened to be on the beach with him (Pröpper, ed.) Not together , but he was also on that beach in Ibiza. Then we heard that afternoon that news. That’s a bit of a bummer, but you can’t do anything about it.
“Suppose he hadn’t made it, then you don’t know whether they would have got me just as well. Then you think about it, s*** , but nothing else.
“As it looks now, I’m still at Heerenveen and I’m doing my best and nothing else is going on there.
“It’s just what kind of club comes along. I think it will be very difficult in the Netherlands, so there’s only one thing to do.”
The Verdict: Boost for Rangers
This news is no doubt a boost for Rangers. The Gers have been linked with a move for the midfielder (The Scottish Sun), and you can certainly see why.
The 22-year-old was in top form last term, scoring nine times and providing 11 assists for his current club in all competitions (Transfermarkt). Former Gers man Michael Mols even called him “perfect” earlier this year (via The Daily Record).
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Rangers are not the only team to have been linked with his services – Serie A outfit Atalanta have also been in pursuit, and their secured place in the Champions League group stages may give them the edge.
However, the Gers at least now know they are in with a chance of signing the £7.65m-valued ace (Transfermarkt).
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