Premier League side Southampton are reportedly interested in AZ Alkmaar star Ridgeciano Haps.

Southampton have always managed their transfer policies seemingly well but it seems they bit more than they can chew this season as they fell off their high horse in the league.

There are widespread rumours that Ryan Bertrand could exit the side this summer as interests in him rises. Chelsea are leading the pack to sign the Three Lions star from St Mary’ Stadium. The Saints are already preparing the AZ Alkmaar star as his replacement.

The 23-year old Haps has played 30 games in the Eredivisie this term so Claude Puel feels he is ripe for the role.

L’Equipe claims same Southampton want to get Toulose striker Martin Braithwaite this summer. The 25-year old scored 11 goals in 34 Ligue 1 games but the Dane is being chased by the Saints and the Hammers. He would cost £8 million but the French side want to keep him. The Dane might be positively predisposed to a Premier League side though. Continue reading

John van den Brom and his squad are struggling

AZ Alkmaar is a club that has consistently managed to secure the 3rd or 4th spot of the Eredivisie League but have struggled trying to snatch anything higher than that.

In this current season, John van den Brom and his team has secured 16 points from the 9 opening matches of their campaign which is a fairly good position but they have recently been dropping a considerably high amount of points.

Vitesse, Sparta Rotterdam and Go Ahead Eagles are the latest opponents that AZ Alkmaar has faced off in the Eredivisie League and out of the possible 9 points that the team of John van den Brom could have secured from these matches, they were only able to snatch 3 points.

This string of results is evidence of how much AZ Alkmaar has recently been struggling in recent times. Ron Vlaar and WoutWeghorst are 2 key figures in the squad of John van den Brom and they were not able to perform during AZ Alkmaar’s match against Sparta Rotterdam due to injuries which was a huge blow for the team and that game finished in a 1-1 draw.
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AZ Alkmaar player moves to Tottenham

AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen is set to join Premier League club Tottenham this week.

The Dutch striker is reported to have had a medical during the weekend and may complete his move to the London club later during the week.

The player who is currently 22-years old is set to reinforce Tottenham’s attack that has been too reliant on Harry Kane last season. It is believed that the price will amount to around £17m. Vincent Janssen was a prolific player last season where he managed 22 goals in the Dutch league. Tottenham will be hoping that he could replicate the same form that he showed in Netherlands in the Premier League.

It is believed that Vincent Janssen had started discussions with Tottenham since last month as he was given permission by AZ Alkmaar to discuss with the Premier League. The striker already visited Tottenham training ground and met with Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino. It is also reported that they have also agreed on terms, and it is only a matter of days that the deal will be made official.
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Rafael van der Vaart has joined the Spanish club Real Beltis

Former Real Madrid and Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has joined the Spanish club Real Beltis in the hope of rediscovering his form. At one stage, the Dutchman was seen as the finest playmaker and it led to a move to Tottenham.

After a few years in the Premier League, van der Vaart went on to dominate German football with Hamburg. He was seen as the key figure in the renaissance planned by Hamburg, but it never lasted a far more than a season. Due to severe budget cuts at the German club, van der Vaart did not have a future.

As a result, he has moved toBeltis on a three-year contract. This is likely to be his last major contract with a European team before winding his career at the likes of MLS outfits. The 32-year-old is believed to have taken a pay cut in order to make this deal possible. The sacrificed by the player has been praised by theBeltis president, who is reportedly aware that van der Vaart received several offers evens from his former club Ajax. However, van der Vaart would have been an ageing star at Ajax but now he has the opportunity to achieve something good atBeltis. Continue reading

Billy Beane made a name for himself in the world of baseball

Billy Beane made a name for himself in the world of baseball due to the system that he used to evaluate players as he helped the Oakland Athletics on signing fairly underrated and undervalued players by utilizing sabermetrics which allowed the team on having a small payroll from those players.

The innovation and strategies that Billy Beane has utilized as the general manager of Oakland Athletics expand from one sport to another as the Dutch football club Az Alkmaar have been so impressed by what Billy Beane has been doing that they signed him to the club as Billy has accepted taking up an advisory role at Az Alkmaar.

The general director of Az Alkmaar, Robert Eenhoorn confirmed Billy Beane’s advisory role in the club as Eeehoorn said: “We’ve had a lot of contact with Billy In the last few months. His knowledge and ideas are impressive. Also Billy’s soccer network is excellent. We have already noticed that Billy thinks two steps ahead in the area of innovation. That’s what really connects with the ambitions of AZ.” Continue reading

Louis van Gaal lifted many Titles

UEFA Champions League, Eredivisie, UEFA Super Cup, Intercontinental Cup and La Liga are some of the major titles that the Dutch manager Louis van Gaal has lifted during his managerial career.

It seems like Louis van Gaal will not be winning anymore major titles as the current manager of Manchester United has already stated that his current managerial position in Old Trafford will be his last one as the Dutch coach wants to take time to do other things such as, paying attention to his kids.

Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal said: “I am old. This is my last job for sure. I have to pay attention to my kids, my grandchildren but also to my wife. They deserve it.Now I cannot pay that attention. I was not at the birthday of my grandson, for example. I don’t like it.’’

“My wife wants to quit now already! Five years ago!I have a paradise in Portugal. I want to quit going there, playing golf, and eating fantastic food.”

Louis van Gaal has received heavy criticism due to the mixed season that Manchester United is going through. Manchester United is located in the top 5 spots of the Premier League and are one of the contenders of securing a European spot that would allow the team to compete in the Champions League of the upcoming season but even though that United is in a fairly good spot in the Premier League, their performances have been very disappointing as they have claimed victories in a number of matches even though it was not deserved. Continue reading