Southampton are eager to sign Dutch defender Deyovaisio Zeefuik.
The 22-year-old has one year left on his contract with FC Groningen.
And the club's director Mark-Jan Fledderus admits the player may be ready to make the next step in his career. The player is also linked to Hertha Berlin.
He added: "It is my impression that they (Hertha Berlin) still want it, but at the moment we are not yet together. They will have to reach an agreement with FC Groningen.
"Deyo has a contract with us for 11 months. We would prefer to keep him: I tried to renew, but he didn't want that and I understand that too.
"He is ready for the next step."