But there's the rub. Ajax have the pick of the Dutch talent along with PSV and Feyenoord and, if we are honest, the Dutch league itself is decidedly mediocre despite the brilliance of their national team. If you are Dutch and half decent, you spend a very short time in the shop window, then somebody buys you.
The fee mooted on the net is £7m. That is a hell of a lot of money to gamble on the basis that the guy scores regularly in a league where even Freddie Sears might bag a goal or two. The defending is truly awful in Holland, and the mentality really does seem to be, go out there and outscore the opposition. There were an average of 4.23 goals in each Heerenveen game played last season!
Still we shouldn't complain. If Zola or Grant were in charge, we would be bidding for a Heerenveen defender!