No Silva lining for AZ
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
AZ will have to pay decent money to land David Mendes da Silva.AZ Alkmaar have been told they will have to up the ante if they want to sign NAC Breda's David Mendes da Silva.
The 23-year-old, who is comfortable in midfield or defence, has caught the eye of AZ coach Louis van Gaal and the two clubs have been discussing a deal.
AZ's opening gambit of é¼1.5 million (£1 million) has been rebuffed by NAC who have informed the Eredivisie high-flyers that it will take é¼2.4 million (£1.6 million) to prise Mendes da Silva away from Breda.
With time running out in this transfer window, van Gaal has reportedly advised his board to sit tight until the summer.
Mendes da Silva's star is shining once again, as he slipped back after showing masses of potential as a teenager and was signed by NAC in the summer of 2004 for just é¼50,000 (£34,000).