Southampton boss Ronald Koeman as confirmed that he is still interested in signing Feyenoord midfielder Tonny Vilhena.

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vilhena fey sampThe Premier League club tried to sign the midfielder in the summer, but Vilhena decided to remain in the Netherlands with his mother suffering from a serious illness. However the 20-year-old is widely expected to leave Feyenoord in the January transfer window with his contract up in the summer, and a reunion with his former boss Ronald Koeman at Southampton is definitely a possibility.

Koeman told Voetbal International “He is an interesting player, very young, but already experienced, with a lot of drive and power in his game,”

“You have to judge him in his age category and then Tonny is really very advanced. When I looked at the youth players at Southampton, there were few left-sided players with his speed. Unfortunately it did not work out (move in the summer).”

“I know Tonny – it has not been easy for him in his sporting and private life, but if I him see play, I see quality. He is strong, has a good running ability and a great left foot.

“Let me put it this way – the interest is still there, even if you rather think of next summer than this winter.”

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