PSV looking for recruits
By Jeffrey Glorie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
PSV Eindhoven boss Ronald Koeman is looking to bolster his squad in January..
PSV Eindhoven are looking to get involved in the transfer market and are already seeking a replacement for Phillip Cocu.
Manager Ronald Koeman hopes that the 36-year-old midfielder will continue for another season, but he is already eyeing an alternative in the shape of Vitesse Arnhem's Theo Janssen.
"Janssen is one of the players we are speaking about internally," said Koeman when speaking to the Gelderlander. He added that they are yet to make contact with Vitesse, and therefore a deal "isn't concrete yet".
"My preference is that we look in the Netherlands. There are one or two players who could take over the role of Cocu long-term."
Janssen is positive about the prospect of replacing Cocu.
"That they are following me is fantastic," he said. "For me, it's an extra stimulation. But every year there are rumours about me. Not only about PSV, but also about Feyenoord. They are all just rumours, and nothing has ever come out of them. Only if it becomes concrete can I do something about it."
For now, the 25-year-old will concentrate on Vitesse. The midfielder, who has played 174 Eredivisie games for the club, is set to hold talks soon about a potential contract extension, although Vitesse sporting director Jan Streuer is in no rush.
"We are not in a hurry, because Theo has got a contract until 2008," he said. "I don't know anything about the interest of PSV. I would prefer him to stay, because you always want to keep good players."
It has also been rumoured that Koeman is in the hunt for Patrick Ogunsoto.
The Nigerian striker has been enjoying an impressive season so far at Belgian side Westerlo and, according to De Telegraaf, PSV have been following his performances very closely.
The 23-year-old is the top scorer in the Jupiler League this year, scoring 11 goals in 12 games.
His impressive performances have also put Ogunsoto in contention for a place in the Nigerian national squad. Last weekend, national coach Austin Eguavoen was in the stands for Westerlo's visit to Charleroi in which the striker scored twice.
This is Ogunsoto's first season with Westerlo, having joined from Greek side Ergotelis, where he scored 71 goals in 114 games. His current contract is due to expire in 2009.