Steven Bergwijn Close to Tottenham Transfer; PSV 'Disappointed' in Winger

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2020

PSV's Steven Bergwijn spits during the Europa League group D soccer match between Sporting CP and PSV Eindhoven at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
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PSV winger Steven Bergwijn is closing in on a transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, and his current club are "very disappointed" with the Dutchman after he pulled out of Sunday's match against FC Twente.

Rumours of a pending switch to north London started earlier on Sunday, with Fox Sports (h/t Sport Witness) reporting a deal had been agreed between the two clubs.

PSV spoke to Voetbal Internationaal (h/t SW) to deny reports of the done deal, adding they were not happy with the winger and holding out for a much larger fee than the €30-35 million that was being reported.

Per Dutch Football, both manager Ernest Faber and team-mate Denzel Dumfries commented on the transfer saga, seemingly confirming Bergwijn's time in Eindhoven is over:

Dutch Football @FootballOranje_

Ernest Faber clear after PSV 1-1 Twente that he does not want Bergwijn around if he is not committed to the club and that they want the situation done swiftly one way or the other.

Dutch Football @FootballOranje_

PSV defender Denzel Dumfries seems to confirm Bergwijn to Tottenham in conversation with Fox Sports, "I am very proud of Stevie, although of course it is a big loss for the group"

The 22-year-old Bergwijn has spent his entire professional career with PSV. He's a full Dutch international who can play on either wing or down the centre, but does his best work as a left winger.

He finished the 2018-19 Eredivisie campaign with an impressive 14 goals, a career-high.

Bergwijn could be a possible replacement for Christian Eriksen, who seems likely to leave the club for Inter Milan before the end of the January transfer window, per transfer guru Fabrizio Romano:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

Christian Eriksen tomorrow will be in Milano and will undergo his medicals as new Inter player. 🇩🇰 #THFC #Tottenham #Inter

The transfer of the Dutchman seems far from certain at this point, however. According to Maarten Wijffels of Algemeen Dagblad (h/t HLN's Kristof Terreur), Bergwijn has already traveled to London to have his medical with Spurs, despite not receiving permission from his current club:

Kristof Terreur 📰🎥 @HLNinEngeland

So PSV gave Steven Bergwijn no permission to fly to London to have his medical with Spurs... https://t.co/BXmT4KI8Wa

That would explain why PSV are so disappointed with the forward, who signed a contract extension in August 2019. His new deal runs until 2023, giving the Dutch club tons of leverage in negotiations.

With the end of January fast approaching, Spurs will be in a race against the clock to convince PSV to sell and complete this transfer.


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