It seems as though the reported interest in PSV Eindhoven left-back could have some substance after reports in Holland indicated that we do indeed hold an interest in the player.
Forgive me for being sceptical of the British media, but when it’s only them that are linking us to a particular player I tens to overdose on salt. However when other media outlets, notably more reliable foreign press, start reporting things I tend to take a bit more notice of transfer rumours.
Reports in Holland, namely from Dutch website fcupdate, confirm that Graham Carr was at the match and claim that he was watching the 23-year-old return from injury for PSV.
The interesting thing for me, and the bit that makes me think that we are indeed interested in Pieters, is the emergence of a unspecified release clause in his contract. Apparently it’s a rather low release clause, which just about sounds like something we’d be after doesn’t it?
As for the player, I actually don’t know anything about him. I know he is highly-rated in Holland and gets a glowing recommendation from some of our Dutch fans such as Axel who claims that he is “every bit as good as Enrique”. I don’t know about that but with 10 caps for The Netherlands he can’t be too shabby can he?
Apparently Pieters can also play at centre-back, so not only would it potentially sort our need for a left-back (regardless of whether or not Jose goes) it would also give us a bit more cover in the centre of defence. Two for the price of one? I’ll have that.
So is the interest confirmed? Well officially I guess not, but it is certainly more substantiated than a flimsy Daily Mail report.
What do you think?