Joël Veltman may face competition from fellow countryman at Brighton


Thursday, August 6, 2020 at

Jan Paul van Hecke seemed to be well on his way to AS Monaco two months ago, but the talent of NAC Breda has not yet come from a definitive switch. The twenty-year-old defender could now also go to the Premier League, as Brighton & Hove Albion said Brabants Dagblad is expressly interested in the arrival of the young stopper.

The regional newspaper reports on Thursday morning that ‘several well-informed sources’ mention the interest of the English club in Van Hecke. The Seagulls, who took over Joël Veltman from Ajax last week, are, according to reports, prepared to meet the asking price of NAC. The Pearl of the South has a transfer fee of over two million euros in mind for Van Hecke. In addition to Veltman, for the central rear positions, Brighton currently also includes Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster, Shane Duffy, Ben White and Dan Burn.

NAC previously reached an agreement with Monaco about a switch from the defender. According to it Brabants Dagblad however, this deal now seems to “die a gentle death.” The youngster was previously also mentioned at Feyenoord as a potential asset, but the Rotterdammers do not plan to put down two million for Van Hecke. Feyenoord has now found a different solution with Eric Botteghin’s contract extension.

NAC does not have to hope for the arrival of Deroy Duarte, who does not like to play in the Kitchen Champion Division. Dion Malone has also put the people from Breda on hold for the time being and the transfer-free midfielder wants to see in the first instance whether he can embark on a foreign adventure: “We give him that time,” responds trainer Maurice Steijn. “If he changes his mind in one to two weeks and we have not found the right man, I will report to him again. It is in the fridge for the time being. ”

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