FC Groningen’s Bjorn Meijer has ‘already attracted international attention’, specifically from Birmingham City, according to Dutch claims.

The 18-year-old came up through the ranks of the Dutch club’s youth system before making his first team debut at the end of last season, when he came off the bench against PEC Zwolle.

He has been on the pitch for just over 100 minutes across four matches [including one start] in the Eredivisie this season. This and the left-back’s displays for the Netherlands U19 team was sufficient for him to catch to end up in the sights of Lee Bowyer’s side.

The letf-back featured twice for the national team’s U19 side earlier this month. According to Voetbal International, the Championship side have been left ‘very impressed’ with Meijer’s displays during the European championship qualifiers.

Groningen technical director Mark-Jan Fledderus insisted he has not been approached by the English club so far.

Whether Birmingham City want to ‘concretise’ their interest in the defender for January remains to be seen. Meijer’s contract with his current employer runs down in 2023, with an option for Groningen to further extend it by a year.