Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Werder Breman target Alexander Buttner apparently wants to complete a move to newly promoted Southampton.
The Vitesse left-back came to the south coast last week and looked at the facilities that are on offer, and has said to be impressed with the set up and ambition that the club want for the future. He understands his future lies in the hands of his current club, but he does want them to listen and think about what offer the Premier League outfit has put on the table.
Speaking to De Telegraaf , Butter said: ”I want to join Southampton. I have to wait for both clubs to reach an agreement, but I count on the co-operation of Vitesse.”
It has been reported in many media outlets that Fulham had a bid of £1.6m turned down by the Eredivisie club, so Southampton would have a better bid in place to secure the services of the Dutch full back.
Buttner went on to say in De Telegraaf that it would be a massive disappointment to him if this transfer does not take place. So with Alexander Buttner’s transfer looking more than just a rumour, what do we know about the defender?
Buttner was born in 1989 and made his debut for Vitesse in the 2007/2008 season at the age of 18. He scored his first goal in the following season, in which he made 23 appearances and scored a further two goals.
Buttner was picked in the provisional 35-man squad for Holland’s Euro 2012 squad by manager Bert Van Marwijk, but unfortunately never made the final cut. Being selected for the provisional squad shows that he has the quality to be an international player and has gained the acknowledgement for future international stardom. As we all saw in the European Championships, The Netherlands will have a major overhaul of their squad ahead of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Brazil, and if Buttner does make his switch to Saints then he could well be called up more and play a pivotal role in the qualifying group stage.
But, what impact could Buttner have on the Saints squad if he was to sign? The squad already contains the likes of Dan Harding, Ryan Dickson and first choice Danny Fox. In my opinion, Harding and Dickson are not Premier League quality and both could leave, either on loan or permanently, which will leave Fox and Buttner battling it out to give Nigel Adkins a welcomed headache for who to pick. Fox is a fantastic player, but I think he is better going forward than defending, so the competition for first choice left-back will no doubt make both players up their game and the competition will make them better players.
With the transfer of Alexander Buttner looking more likely, this transfer window will keep Saints fans looking to which player will be linked or signing for them next.