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Clasie-Koeman: Reunited?

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Rumor has it that the diminutive Dutch midfielder is on Southampton's sight.

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According to report from Daily Mirror, Southampton is preparing a bid to bring Jordy Clasie to St. Mary's.

Such a move would reunite Clasie with Ronald Koeman, who he played under for three seasons, until the latter swapped Feyenoord for Southampton last summer.

Clasie has been earmarked as Morgan Scneiderlin's replacement, who at the moment is staying put, but will definitely attract interests in the summer.

Though Clasie is nowhere near Schneiderlin in terms of physique, his ability on the ball should fit in well with Southampton's style of play. In fact, a closer examination of the numbers saw several similarities between the two.

Clasie averaged 2.6 tackles and 2.1 interceptions, an impressive stats considering he is only 5'4, whereas the 5'9 Schneiderlin averaged 3.4 tackles and 2.3 interceptions. One area where the Dutchman can improve upon is his distribution, with only 83% pass success compared to Schneiderlin's 89%. (All data courtesy of squawka.com)

But there is no doubt that Clasie is the more creative minded of the two, with 12 key passes, three assists, and 15 chances created so far this season (Schneiderlin's number? 10, zero, and 10 respectively).

However, it's unlikely Feyenoord will allow their skipper to walk away in the middle of the season as they look to secure a spot in Europe for next season. Clasie is also under contract until 2018, which means a sizable sum may be needed to lure him away from De Kuip.