Reports: Swansea City agree fee for Ajax's Mike van der Hoorn

The South Wales outfit have come to an agreement with the Dutch club, settling for a price of £2.3 million for the defender.

Reports: Swansea City agree fee for Ajax's Mike van der Hoorn
Could Mike van der Horn be in Swansea white next season? (Photo: nos.nl)

Widespread reports have today revealed that Swansea City have agreed a fee for Ajax defender Mike van der Hoorn.

Sky Sports understand the fee to be one worth £2.3 million, with the 23-year-old to now enter discussions with the Swans as they look to seal the deal by agreeing terms with him.

He will reportedly travel to South Wales this week to begin these as he looks to make the next step in his development by moving to the Premier League.

Will it be one in, one out?

The news of this potential move has come as a surprise to many Swansea fans, who do not feel the need for the club to recruit another centre-back.

With Ashley Williams, Federico Fernandez and Jordi Amat already on the books, as well as Kyle Bartley, there seems to be no more room in the heart of defence in South Wales.

However, with Amat having been limited to few appearances last season and Bartley completely out of the first team picture, the potential arrival of van der Hoorn could pave the way for one of these two to leave the club.

Furthermore, Fernandez was suspect to errors last season and a deal for the Ajax man could be one set to be made simply to add more competition to that position, with Amat having played the back-up role last term.

While Kyle Bartley looks set to leave Swansea this summer, Jordi Amat's future is a little more uncertain. Could he be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium? (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
While Kyle Bartley looks set to leave Swansea this summer, Jordi Amat's future is a little more uncertain. Could he be on his way out of the Liberty Stadium? (Photo: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Few opportunities at Ajax

As for the motives behind Ajax accepting a bid for their 23-year-old defender, van der Hoorn played a limited role in Amsterdam last season, making just 15 league appearances all campaign.

Seventeen times he occupied the bench as an unused substitute, with him by no means one of Ajax's first choice centre-backs. 

It would come as no surprise to see van der Hoorn decide to move on then and agree terms with Swansea, with a new challenge perhaps what he needs after a rather underwhelming three seasons with the Dutch giants.

Van der Hoorn has struggled to nail down a regular place with Ajax. (Photo: VI Images via Getty Images)
Mike van der Hoorn has struggled to nail down a regular place with Ajax. (Photo: VI Images via Getty Images)