Vitesse set to acquire Japanese striker Mike Havenaar - report

The Eredivisie side may officially announce their signing of the Samurai Blue attacker as early as next week after beating out several European and Japanese clubs
Ventforet Kofu striker Mike Havenaar will be purchased by Dutch team Vitesse in the winter transfer period, according to Japanese newspaper Hochi Sports.

The towering forward was supposed to have flown to Germany in order to discuss a potential move to Bundesligaa side Wolfsburg. Earlier this week, however, the German club appeared to have dropped out of the race to acquire the 24-year-old.

His contract with Vitesse, reportedly worth €2.1 million over three seasons, would see Havenaar return to the birthplace of his father, Dido Havenaar, who was goalkeeper for Eredivisie side ADO Den Haag before relocating to Japan with his family.

Vitesse were one of the first foreign clubs to pursue Havenaar after he emerged as a regular member of the Japanese national team.

Following his two-goal performance for Japan against Tajikistan on October 11, the Dutch side sent scouts to watch Havenaar play against Cerezo Osaka as the striker bagged a brace.

Despite stating publicly that he would remain with Ventforet throughout the season, Havenaar expressed a desire to play overseas, following his team's relegation at the conclusion of the J-League season.

He has reportedly received interest from Spanish, Austrian, and English clubs in addition to offers from within Japan. However, he appears to have set his heart on an adventure in the Netherlands.

Havenaar would be the second Japanese player at Vitesse, following the arrival of defender Michihiro Yasuda.