Today is transfer deadline day in the Netherlands and many Eredivisie clubs still have business on their minds. Here is a round-up of what may still happen as we go into the final hours of this summer’s window.

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The main aim for Ajax is to simply keep hold of what they’ve got. Marc Overmars still insists there has been no contact from Manchester United over a potential transfer for Jasper Cillessen. Davy Klaassen is also attracting late interest from AC Milan, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund but he is expected to stay with the current Eredivisie league leaders.

However De Boer and co will be sweating over keeping Cillessen for another 18 hours after the transfer window has closed in the Netherlands – the window is still open in England until 6pm on Tuesday.


The Frisians are looking for a new goalkeeper after Leonard Nienhuis made one mistake too many yesterday in the 4-1 defeat at Vitesse.

A deal for ex-Groningen goalkeeper Marco Bizot seemed likely this morning but the rumour has since been quashed. Cambuur have only hours left to strike a deal for a new goalie.


After Leeds United bought Jordan Botaka from the Kralingers, Excelsior have been busy finding his replacement. Stanley Elbers from Helmond Sport is in talks to fill the void. The 23-year-old now looks ready for the Eredivisie following two seasons in the Jupiler League, he previously played for ADO where he failed to break into the starting XI.


Feyenoord’s transfer dealings looked to have been completed after deals for Kramer, Botteghin and Elia were completed. However this morning a one million euro bid has been made for Fulham’s Moussa Dembélé. The 19-year-old broke into Fulham’s team last season and is possibly a replacement for the departed Elvis Manu.

NEC Nijmegen

NEC have found goals difficult to come by so far since their promotion to the Eredivisie despite scoring over 100 times in the Jupiler League last season. Manager Ernest Faber wants Mihai Roman, 23, from Romanian club Pandurii to boost their striking options after Sjoerd Ars left for NAC Breda. If Roman joins, he will be NEC’s thirteenth signing of the summer.

PEC Zwolle

PEC suffered departure after departure this summer but look to have strengthened well as the window comes to a close. In the last week the club have rounded off a two-year loan deal for Brazilian teenager Gustavo Hebling. Although there are still deals to be finalised for two more midfielders: Wout Brama and Ouasim Bouy. Brama played for Zwolle before his release, at the time the club couldn’t afford his wage demands but this issue now looks to be resolved. Bouy is a former Ajax youth product who left for Juventus as a teenager. The 22-year-old will now return to the Netherlands in the hope of playing first-team football in Zwolle.

Once Brama and Bouy join up, PEC’s business will be finished, despite rumours igniting over a return to the club for Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich.


The champions have been looking for an extra midfielder since Marcel Ritzmaier was loaned out to NEC. Former Cardiff player Kim Bo-Kyung was on trial but was not offered a contract. Other rumours have involved Pierre Emile Højbjerg and Andreas Pereira.


Twente face a difficult end to the transfer window as they hope to cling on to their best players. Hakim Ziyech, Felipe Gutierrez and Jesus Corona could all leave.

Ziyech was set to stay with the Tukkers, however this morning he spoke out following Alfred Schreuder’s sacking, stating his intentions to leave should “any nice club” come in for his services. Wolfsburg were keen on signing Ziyech but their interest may have cooled after moving for Schalke’s Julian Draxler.

Jesus Corona is in negotiations with Porto over a 15 million euro transfer. They have until midnight to seal the deal with the Mexican.


There are likely to be no incomings for Utrecht in the final hours of this window. The main news for the club is that Sebastien Haller has said that he will stay with Utrecht for this season – putting an end to rumours of a move away.



The other half of the Eredivisie clubs will have a much quieter day in the market. However clubs such as Willem II, AZ and De Graafschap may yet look to add to their squads following poor starts to the season.

Michael Statham (820 Posts)

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