Feyenoord and Holland midfielder Jordy Clasie could depart the Eredivisie with the lure of Champions League football putting Porto in pole position.
Jordy Clasie looks set to choose Portugal over the Premier League, with Porto currently leading the chase to sign the Feyenoord midfielder, who has attracted substantial interest from several teams in the English top flight.
Southampton had been linked with a move for the 23-year-old, in a deal that would have seen the player reunited with his former manager Ronald Koeman at St Mary’s.
Koeman helped Clasie become an established part of the Feyenoord midfield during his time at the helm of the club with the player’s displays in the Eredivisie ultimately leading to him earning a call-up to the Holland World Cup squad.
Sam Allardyce is eager to recruit more high quality midfield reinforcements, as the Hammers aim to improve on an indifferent campaign in the top-flight.
Even Manchester United were linked with a move for Clasie, who worked under new Red Devils’ manager Louis van Gaal, as part of the Oranje squad in Brazil.
However all three of these sides could be set to miss out, with abola.pt claiming that Porto are now be in the running to sign the Dutchman.
The Portuguese giants could use their track record for blooding-in a number of high profile stars like James Rodriguez to convince Clasie to move to Portugal.
More importantly, Porto are able to offer the midfielder the opportunity to play in the Champions League.
Feyenoord’s failure to progress past Besiktas in the qualifying round for this season’s Champions League is thought to be a major motivation behind Clasie’s decision to depart the club, meaning it may be advantage Porto in the race to sign the midfielder.
Reports indicate the 23-year-old has already rejected advances from Southampton and West Ham and with Manchester United yet to table a bid, it looks like it’s destination Portugal.