Ronald Koeman 'really wants' Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar

Ron Vlaar of the Netherlands challenges Paulinho of Brazil during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Third Place Playoff match on July 12, 2014
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Southampton boss Ronald Koeman admits that he would love to sign Aston Villa skipper Ron Vlaar before the transfer window closes.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman has confirmed that he would "really like" for Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar to join him at St Mary's.

The 29-year-old has been heavily linked with a switch away from Villa Park after emerging as one of the Netherlands' stand-out performers in this summer's World Cup.

A move to the South Coast has been mooted, with Koeman having worked with the defender at Feyenoord, and the Dutch coach admits that he is keen on a reunion with his "leader".

"Vlaar became one of the best Oranje defenders at us, at Feyenoord," the Saints boss told Helden.

"And, at the last World Cup, he became one of the best of the tournament. He's a perfect addition to every group and a real leader. I would really like to have him at Southampton."

Vlaar's contract with the Villans expires next summer.

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Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the pre season friendly match between Aston Villa and Parma at Villa Park on August 9, 2014
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