There seems some cockiness in the Netherlands over Feyenoord’s attempt to sign Jordy Clasie on loan, and perhaps it’s well placed.

A couple of days ago we covered claims from De Telegraaf that Southampton are looking to get a ‘substantial part’ back of the €15m they paid for the midfielder.

It was made clear that isn’t going to come from Feyenoord and given Clasie only wants to join the Eredivisie club, the ball was passed back to the Saints.

Monday’s edition of the same Dutch newspaper says the Clasie transfer will happen when Southampton agree to loan their player for a ‘reasonable amount’.

Feyenoord player Steven Berghuis is quoted as saying about his potential teammate: “If you can bring in Clasie, you will get quality back when Karim El Ahmadi leaves. I think this is certainly necessary, but it has to be done first.”

Now they wait in Rotterdam for Southampton to crack.

Clasie moved to Club Brugge on loan last and it didn’t work out as planned.

The Belgian league splits into groups for play-offs at the end of the season, to decide the winners and European places, but Clasie didn’t feature at all in six matches out of nine. In the other three he managed a combined hour of football.