Dutch football publication Voetbal International have reported that Southampton and FC Groningen have come to an agreement over a £5.5 million deal for Deyovaisio Zeefuik.

The 22-year-old right-back has been at Groningen since 2018 and has represented The Netherlands at U-21 level.

However, although an agreement has been reached between the two football clubs, Zeefuik recently told RTV Noord that his dream is to join an ‘ambitious, American-owned’ Hertha Berlin side.

He also said

The problem is that (technical director Mark-Jan) Fledderus just wants to deal with Southampton and push me that way. He supposedly wants the best for me, but I want to decide about my career myself.

Hertha Berlin would need to improve their current offer of £2.5 million, however, as a fee that small would not be enough to bring the want-away defender to Germany.


This proposed deal is an interesting one, as it seems Groningen wants Zeefuik to go one way, but the player is wanting to head the other.

If the Dutchman has no interest in joining Ralph Hasenhüttl‘s side then it seems as though he wouldn’t be a great fit.

The Saints are in need of a right-back and it’s still unclear whether Kyle Walker-Peters will return to St Mary’s after a successful loan spell on the south coast.

The young English right-back has gone back to Tottenham Hotspur, but had a successful stint as Southampton’s right-back and would be a good addition to the squad if he was to return.

Zeefuik could be a good addition if he is keen to join Saints but if he’s being forced to Southampton then fans would have every right to question his commitment to the cause.