Leeds United are reportedly interested in raiding AZ Alkmaar for captain Teun Koopmeiners before next Monday’s deadline – and the player himself has admitted he is flattered by the reported Premier League interest in his services.
Koopmeiners, 22, has already been given the captain’s armband with his boyhood club – having clocked up 114 appearances in all competitions. The midfielder is on the verge of breaking into the Netherlands senior side, after 17 Under-21 caps.
In his 114 games, Koopmeiners has scored 28 goals – but 16 of those came last season. He has added two in just four matches this season, even scoring in this season’s Europa League. His efforts have seemingly caught the attention of Victor Orta.
The Telegraph report states that Koopmeiners could exceed a price tag of £10million given he is set to become an international, and the player himself has now commented on the links with Leeds – admitting it is nice to hear.
“Of course it is nice, because I would like to make that step. It would be annoying if a foreign club never comes,” Koopmeiners told De Telegraaf. “There has to be a lot right. If I have a good feeling about a club, the clubs should also need to agree a deal.”
TBR’s view – Leeds need a partner for Klich, is Koopmeiners the answer?
Rodrigo De Paul, Todd Cantwell, Ruslan Malinovskyi, Ryan Kent and plenty more have been linked with the Whites as Marcelo Bielsa and Orta look to add another attacking midfielder alongside Klich.
Pablo Hernandez is now 35 and injured, Helder Costa is better out wide, Tyler Roberts has been indifferent and Rodrigo is a striker. Klich needs someone next to him and on paper, Koopmeiners looks like the answer.
Plenty of goals, assists, and still only 22 years of age. Available on the cheap, too. But his lack of experience other than the Eredivisie may have fans slightly concerned. He could be a low-risk, but potentially high-gain signing, given his price tag.