Michael Ball believes Rangers midfielder Joey Veerman may have a verbal agreement which would allow him to leave Heerenveen.
Steven Gerrard is keen to bolster his options ahead of the new Scottish Premiership season getting underway and it is believed that Dutch midfielder Veerman may be available for £7million.
Veerman scored nine goals and contributed 11 assists in 35 appearances for Heerenveen last season.
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The Scottish champions are battling it out with Italian side Hellas Verona for Veerman’s signature, while it has also been confirmed Heerenveen have received a bid from an unnamed club.
Veerman is keen to leave the Dutch side and challenge himself overseas. It seems as though the 22-year-old is at war with his current employers though, with Veerman claiming to VI, via the Daily Record, that Heerenveen have priced him out of a switch to Ibrox.
Ball, who played for Rangers and in the Netherlands with PSV Eindhoven during his playing career, reckons an agreement would have been made between Veerman and Heerenveen when he joined from Volendam in 2016.
Speaking exclusively to The Transfer Tavern, former England international Ball said: “A lot of teams in the Netherlands, which I found quite fascinating when I was over there, have a verbal agreement.
“A player says they will go to the football club, they will help them develop and then they’ll move on. The club will get the money while the player goes onto a bigger and better team.
“The fans don’t get on players’ backs when they move on. It’s a different mentality in the Netherlands because the clubs need to sell to keep improving and push money into the academy. It’s like a revolving door.”
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