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The Netherlands international is one step closer to a return to his native country as the Rotterdam giants have opened talks with his current club

Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman is hopeful of strengthening his squad with Malaga defender Joris Mathijsen in the upcoming days.

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The Rotterdam giants are eager to add some more experience to their squad following the departure of Ron Vlaar to Aston Villa, and they see Mathijsen as the perfect addition to their defence.

The Netherlands international was previously linked with a move to Ajax, but Feyenoord now appear to be in pole position to sign the centre-back after holding talks with Malaga on Monday evening.

"It's an ongoing story. It all depends on the terms of the transfer. It's a matter of money. But I have a good feeling about it," Koeman stated to De Telegraaf.

"I think that Mathijsen will have a positive influence on the development of players such as Bruno Martins Indi and Stefan de Vrij. That's the next step this team has to make."

Mathijsen has an ongoing contract with Malaga, but the Liga side are keen to offload the defender following their precarious financial situation.

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