Rangers continue to be mentioned alongside Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman but the Dutch club’s sporting director has revealed that there is “no financial need” to sell the player.

This is due to the potential transfer of one of the club’s leading players to English Championship side Middlesbrough.

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Rangers have been linked with a move for Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman all summer long. (Photo by Rico Brouwer/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Dutch U21 winger Mitchell van Bergen, 21, is on the verge of a move to the Riverside and will join the ranks of the Neil Warnock’s side if personal terms can be struck.

Speaking to De Telegraaf, Heerenveen sporting director Cees Roozemond admitted that whilst they’ll “happily” sell £8m-rated Veerman if the asking price is met, there is no pressure to do so if van Bergen moves on.

“The bids that arrived weren’t interesting for us,” said Roozemond.

“The offers that I see being bandied about never came to us or he’d have been sold three times already.

“We’d happily grant Joey a transfer, we really want to give him that chance but it’s also just a quiet transfer window.

“There is no (financial) need, even now that we are working on the sale of Mitchell van Bergen to Middlesbrough.

“We’ve come through the Covid year pretty well from a financial point of view.

“We are very happy with Joey, because he is a fantastic footballer.

“And let’s be honest: last year we extended his contract with both parties.”

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Heerenveen winger Mitchell van Bergen is reportedly set to join Middlesbrough. (Photo by Peter Lous/BSR Agency/Getty Images)

That contract means Veerman, 22, is contracted to the Dutch side until 2024 and after a summer of links to the likes of Rangers, Atalanta, Ajax and PSV, the midfielder may well be staying put.

It’s not the first time there have been some ominous sounds regarding the midfielder and a potential exit to Rangers either.

Another of the club’s directors claims they’re “counting on” the midfielder staying around beyond August.

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