Rangers’ hopes of signing Heerenveen midfielder Joey Veerman this summer have been handed a boost after the midfielder was angered by the club’s asking price, which could increase the chances of Steven Gerrard bringing him to Ibrox ahead of next season.
Rangers have been heavily linked with Veerman throughout the summer and the young midfielder has now openly shared his anger that Heerenveen are pricing him out of a move away after a bid from Serie A club Hellas Verona was reportedly rejected.
The 22-year-old told Dutch news outlet Voetbal International: “I think the Italians have made a very reasonable offer, but when I hear what Heerenveen is asking, it can sometimes be a very difficult story. €10-12 million, I think that’s crazy. After a year with empty stadiums, the money is pretty much gone everywhere. Then I honestly don’t think this makes any sense.
“But then they say, you still have a contract for three years. If it doesn’t work out this year, we’re going to enjoy you for another year and ask again next season. I’m very sorry about that, because I’m ready for something else.
“I’m having a good time in Heerenveen and I’m playing football well, but I’m just ready for a new challenge. The plan was to find it this summer, but I wonder if it will ever happen. I’m disappointed about that.”
Veerman is clearly keen to leave Heerenveen this summer, and after this outburst, the club will surely be forced to lower their asking price for the 22-year-old or else run the risk of him downing tools ahead of next season.
The midfielder has been excellent in the Eredivisie in recent years, contributing seven goals and 10 assists in 31 top-flight appearances last season, averaging an impressive 7.40 rating from WhoScored or his performances.
Rangers have already added John Lundstram to their midfield this summer but Veerman could add some genuine quality to Gerrard’s squad ahead of next season, going by his superb performances in the Dutch league – one of the highest-ranked in Europe – in recent years.
The midfielder was heavily praised by Michael Mols for his ability earlier this year, with the former Ibrox striker saying: “He’s a really good technical player and a good passer, really good with the ball.”
Veerman seems like he could enhance Rangers’ midfield, and after it emerged that he is clearly keen to leave Heerenveen, Ross Wilson should test the Dutch club’s resolve with a bid.