Southampton eye Tonny Vilhena, Terence Kongolo and Sven van Beek

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Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has identified three of his former Feyenoord players as potential Southampton signings.

The 51-year-old is reported to have made inquiries about Tonny Vilhena, Terence Kongolo and Sven van Beek, according to the Daily Mail.

Although the three are not all expected to join in the remaining days of the transfer window, the interest in Vilhena could be increased before the transfer deadline with Southampton lacking options in the number 10 role.

Dutch knowledge crucial

Koeman's knowledge and link to the youngsters could be crucial in his pursuit as they may feel more comfortable playing under their former manager in a comfortable environment.

Since joining Southampton last summer, the former Feyenoord manager has excelled in the Premier League with his side sat third in the table.

His knowledge of the English game will also have increased since the move and he will now be able to confirm whether the trio have what it takes to make the grade in England.

Vilhena talent

Koeman has identified 20-year-old Tonny Vilhena as a target with his options in the central positions of the final third slightly limited.

James Ward-Prowse has been occupying that role of late, but with Gaston Ramirez seemingly unwanted after being loaned to Hull and Dusan Tadic favouring a wide role, Vilhena would provide another option.

That would give the Saints boss the choice of two of the most exciting prospects in Europe vying for the number 10 role at Southampton.

Defensive potential

As well as Vilhena, Koeman has been linked with Terence Kongolo who emerged under the Dutch legend's stewardship and his defensive teammate Sven van Beek.

Kongolo was taken to the World Cup last summer by Louis Van Gaal and is showing all the signs of a top defender in the making.

Van Beek has also played in the majority of Feyenoord's games this season with Kongolo, and a double signing could leave the Saints in a very strong position defensively for years to come.

Changes inevitable

With Jose Fonte the Southampton captain, Toby Alderweireld impressing whilst on-loan, Florin Gardos a summer recruit and Maya Yoshida signing a new contract recently, any deal could mean the end for one of the current Southampton defenders.

Alderweireld might have done enough in his Premier League career to have engineered a move to a bigger club than Southampton and Koeman could be making plans should the Belgian go elsewhere.

It may also be that Koeman is keeping tabs on one of the Feyenoord youngsters with a view to buying and loaning them back to the Eredivisie club for another season before they start their Southampton career.

Any deal would surely represent good business for Southampton with the players set to improve vastly in the next few years and if their current form continues, Koeman will need a big squad if his side is to enter European competition next season.

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