SA midfielder attracts Euro interest


Promising South African midfielder Keanin Ayer has attracted interest in his services after a standout season in Sweden.

Ayer, 19, has emerged as one of the most sought after talents in the Superettan after showing incredible consistency with Varberg BoIS, who are now three games away from a historic promotion.

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The central midfielder excelled in the early stages of the season as a right-wing back as they went on a 12-match unbeaten run in the Swedish second-tier to set up their campaign towards the Allsvenskan.

Now, having returned to his favoured position in midfield in recent weeks, the tenacious teenager is being monitored by 18-time Swedish champions IFK Göteborg and Superliga side Nordsjælland - who reportedly hold a first-option clause.

The Danish giants, who share a partnership with the Right to Dream academy in Ghana, were Ayer developed before his European switch are believed to have an agreement with the player - if he opts to make a move to Denmark.

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"We have no agreement, but verbally, FC Nordsjælland has stated that it was a good idea that he stay here," Joakim Persson, head coach of Varberg told Halland News.

"We must honestly say that FC Nordsjælland is a better team than us, and we see a development opportunity for him here."

Ayer himself has also cast doubt whether it would favour his rapid development moving away from the side poised for promotion after the exceptional season he's enjoyed with the side, who remarkably avoided relegation via the play-offs 12 months ago.

"I'm happy at Varberg right now and hoping that we can win can promotion to the Alvenksan because we've worked really hard this season and I think we deserve it," Ayer tells "I'm also hoping that my hard work is being noticed by national team selectors."

Ayer has been an ever present figure this season missing only one game from their 27 fixtures scoring two goals and registering as many assists.