PSV Eindhoven losing battle to sign Stijn Spierings to Ligue 1 side Lens

PSV could well miss out on their target Stijn Spierings as the attacking midfielder appears to have decided to stay in France, according to Voetbal International.

Spierings seemed to have been destined to spend next season at least at the Philips Stadion under Peter Bosz but an eleventh-hour approach from RC Lens has caused the 27-year-old attacking midfielder to reconsider his options.

Despite the Eredivise club qualify to the Champions League’s qualifying rounds, Lens have a guaranteed spot in the group stages of UEFA’s top-tier competition.

Dutch-born Spierings is currently on a free transfer after leaving Toulouse where he spent three years at the club winning Ligue 2 in 2021/22 and then lifting the Coupe de France last season.

The 27-year-old midfielder was in good demand due to his transfer-free status. Although PSV wanted to secure his services, many clubs abroad also saw the former AZ, Sparta Rotterdam and RKC Waalwijk player as a desired reinforcement. 

PSV now seems to be missing out, because RC Lens has convinced the 27-year-old midfielder of the project. The northern French club finished second in France behind Paris Saint-Germain last season and is entering the Champions League. Although PSV also came second, unlike RC Lens, it must first survive the preliminary round to enter the Champions League.

Spierings does not have to, if he indeed opts for a longer stay in Ligue 1. As a result, the new PSV coach Peter Bosz has to look for an alternative to strengthen his midfield. It is expected that Ibrahim Sangaré will make a transfer this summer, so that the people of Eindhoven are looking for a replacement for the 25-year-old Ivorian.

GBeNeFN Tom Phillips

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