Arsenal transfers: Feyenoord want Ryo Miyaichi, says Ronald Koeman

Arsenal transfers: Feyenoord manager Ronald Koeman confirms the Dutch club want to sign Ryo Miyaichi

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Arsene Wenger was full of praise for Ryo Miyaichi Photo: Back Page Images

Ronald Koeman says Feyenoord are working on a deal to sign Arsenal youngster Ryo Miyaichi.

The 20-year-old midfielder is yet to break in Arsene Wenger’s first-team after joining the north London side in January 2011.

Miyaichi, who is a Japan international, has spent time on loan at Feyenoord, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic since moving to Arsenal.

And Koeman is hoping the Eredivisie side can secure a deal to bring the Arsenal youngster back to the Dutch club.

“It’s right we are also working on Ryo Miyaichi, but at the moment it’s not clear what the situation is,” Koeman told NuSport. “After that, we can make a step. It’s not that far yet.”

In June, Wenger talked up Miyaichi’s potential, hinting at a long-term future for the Japanese star at Arsenal.

“I have great hopes for Ryo because he has the traditional Japanese qualities,” Wenger told Arsenal Player.

“Japanese players technically have a very good touch, they are mobile, agile, a bit lightweight but they move well. It’s usually a player that has a great attitude towards the team.

“Ryo has a fantastic attitude for sure. He has just come out of rehab after a big knee injury, and the physios have told me they have never known an attitude like it. So he has those qualities, and as well he is tricky, has great pace, and works very hard.

“He has to learn to become mature tactically – shrewd tactically – but all the rest, he has.”

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