A director at Eredivisie flops Groningen has appeared to confirm interest in Rangers-tipped Motherwell striker Kevin van Veen as they look to bounce back to the Dutch top flight.
The Netherlands side finished bottom of the Eredivisie this season and will play next season in the Dutch second tier under new manager Dick Lukkien.
But before the new man can take charge Groningen have their eyes on a series of signings with Motherwell forward Kevin van Veen seemingly top of the list.
In comments quoted by the Daily Record, Groningen scout and director Wouter Gudde commented on a recent scouting trip to Scotland with the tabloid claiming he confirmed the interest in Kevin van Veen.
“I was recently in Scotland and in an ideal world we will sign two strikers and 10 new players overall,” said Gudde.
“But the striker position is the most important to us.
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“It’s important we have many options for our new manager Dick Lukkien, when he starts pre-season on July 1.”
Groningen linked to Rangers-tipped Kevin van Veen
Rangers were tipped for a move for Kevin van Veen by former Motherwell manager Graeme Alexander following a storming season in the Scottish Premiership.
The big striker, 32, scored 25 league goals and 29 in total for Motherwell who still have the striker tied down on another year at Fir Park.
Away from this, the chatter around a potential move for now Groningen-linked Kevin van Veen was silence by Well both Stuart Kettlewell a few weeks ago.
The Steelmen manager claimed that it would take “life-changing money” to sign the striker and that he’d be “amazed” if a club in Scotland would pay it.
“I would be amazed if a club in Scotland could come up with the money we would be thinking about for Kevin van Veen,” said Motherwell manager Kettlewell.
“As it stands, unless someone was able to put life-changing money in front of Motherwell – and it would have to be both parties – then he will remain a Motherwell player.
“I have had so many conversations with Kevin on a personal level, manager to striker. And the one thing we both agree on is that he is extremely happy here, that the football club is really happy with him, the supporters love him and I love working with him on a daily basis.
“But there is always a cross point where, if someone puts a ridiculous offer in front of you, sometimes the football club have to profit on it.”
We’re not sure about the financial situation at Groningen, but after just being relegated from the Eredivisie something tells us they won’t be breaking the bank for Kevin van Veen.