The defensive department of the Southampton squad needs quality additions this summer.
According to the football transfer rumours in Dutch and British media, Southampton are considering a move for Groningen right-back Deyovaisio Zeefuik.
The 22-year-old has been subject to interest from various European clubs.
The Netherlands international was signed by Groningen in July 2018 from Ajax for a fee of 300,000 euros. The 22-year-old has a contract until 2021 with the club.
The right-back has featured in 28 matches for Groningen this term, providing two assists in all competitions.
The 22-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Netherlands.
Deyovaisio Zeefuik has represented Netherlands at Under-17, Under-18, Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level, winning 27 caps and scoring one goal.
His performances have seen him become the target of many European clubs including Southampton.
Ralph Hasenhüttl needs to tighten up his defense and a right-back would be a welcome addition. He has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe.
Hasenhüttl is a long term admirer of Zeefuik and believes he can get the most out of the Netherlands international.
Deyovaisio Zeefuik would provide a good variety to Southampton’s defense.
According to the report, “Southampton are weighing up a summer move for FC Groningen fullback Deyovaisio Zeefuik. Zeefuik shone this past season in Holland – before it was abandoned by the local government. Eurosport says his form has caught the attention of clubs across Europe, including Southampton. Saints are in the market for a new fullback and now have Zeefuik under consideration. AC Milan and Reims have also been linked with the former Ajax junior.”
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FC Groningen are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the right-back, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
Good signing for Southampton?
It is smart from the club to invest in younger players, rather than splashing out big money on experienced players with no resale value.
The 22-year-old would be a very good addition for Southampton and they can afford him as well.
Deyovaisio Zeefuik is very highly rated in Holland and he could be a superb long term signing for Southampton.
It will be interesting to see if Southampton can beat their rivals to the right-back’s signature.
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Would Deyovaisio Zeefuik be a good signing for Southampton?
Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.