Highly rated teenager shuns English advances.
AZ Alkmaar midfielder Adam Maher has turned his back on a potential move to England this summer by agreeing a deal to link up with PSV Eindhoven instead, Sky Sports reports.
The highly sought after 19-year-old had been a reported target for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea but has decided to stay in the Netherlands to agree a five-year deal with PSV for a fee in the region of €8 million.
Maher is due in Eindhoven this week to put the finishing touches on the deal and complete a medical but the deal is as good as done already.
“We have been looking at signing him for a long time,” PSV’s technical director Marcel Brands told the club’s official website.
“With him we have a very talented Dutch player who fits the philosophy of PSV.”
The Moroccan-born midfielder broke into the AZ side in 2010 and went on to make just under 100 appearances for the club, scoring 22 goals. His form recently has seen him begin to break into the Dutch national side, for whom he has collected four caps.
He missed out on AZ’s title winning season in 2009 but was a part of the squad that won the KNVB Cup last season.