Tottenham Hotspur are on the cusp of signing PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn in a deal worth $33 million (€30 million) despite the Dutch club reportedly forbidding the player from leaving.
Bergwijn informed interim PSV coach, Ernest Faber, that he didn’t want to play in Sunday’s 1-1 draw against FC Twente and later travelled to London without his club’s permission, per The Guardian’s David Hytner and Jacob Steinberg.
The former Ajax starlet moved to PSV’s academy in 2011 and made his first-team debut three years later, with the 22-year-old going on to make 149 appearances for the Dutch outfit.
Bergwijn took to Instagram (via Sky Sports) and said “there is no truth” to rumours of his angling for a move away from the Philips Stadion, adding “I never refused to play for PSV, and would never do that.”
Spurs have already signed Gedson Fernandes on loan from Benfica this month, but manager Jose Mourinho looks as though he could conclude more business before the January transfer window closes.
Bergwijn—who can also function in attacking midfield—could be seen as a part replacement for Christian Eriksen, who looks set to join Inter Milan in a deal worth just over $22 million. Spurs are also lacking attacking options since striker Harry Kane tore his hamstring in January.
The winger has scored five goals and recorded 10 assists in 16 Eredivisie appearances this season, with Bergwijn likely to be part of the Netherlands squad at Euro 2020.