The manager of Dutch giants PSV has handed Rangers a transfer boost after he claimed his side have pulled out of the running to sign Ibrox-linked Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman.
Veerman, 22, was linked to Ibrox earlier in the week by a report coming out Belgium which suggested the Gers were monitoring the player’s situation [Voetbal International].
Since then reports had claimed the midfielder was rated at £5m by the Eredivisie side and that the Gers were “in the hunt” for the player alongside a host of European sides [Scottish Sun].
These include the likes of Serie A’s Atalanta, Ligue 1’s Stade de Reims, Holland’s Ajax and PSV, and even Southampton in the Premier League.
However, whilst PSV manager Roger Schmidt admits that Veerman is a player he admires, the German coach has revealed it’s “very evident” they won’t be able to afford the transfer fee.
“Veerman is a very good player, especially with the ball. He always has good attacking ideas, makes good decisions under pressure and always looks ahead. He has great vision,” said Schmidt [Voetbal Zone].
“He is very good at providing for the wingers and the strikers. So Veerman is a great player, I am not going to deny it and we are always looking at improving the team.
“‘I’ve only been here for a year now, but I already know that it is not easy for PSV to buy players from other Dutch clubs. They are always very expensive. I don’t know if we can just get top players from the Eredivisie.
“I also don’t know what Veerman will cost exactly, but when we talk in the Netherlands internally about players like him, it’s very evident we won’t be able to afford his transfer fee.
“PSV can’t spend that kind of money. The point of reference for us is Ajax. They have a good team and a very big budget. We do not.”
Whilst earlier reports suggested this asking price was in the region of £5m, the Scottish Sun have since claimed Heerenveen want £8.5m for the midfielder.
It’s a transfer link which certainly excites Rangers fans who expressed their own interest in the midfielder this week.