TRANSFER WINDOW: Goossens rejects Swans

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NEC Nijmegen’s John Goossens is set to stay in the Eredivisie until his contract runs out, after rejecting the chance to join Premier League new boys Swansea City.

The 23-year-old’s contract with the Dutch side expires in the summer and it was expected he would join Brendan Rodgers’ Swans, but negotiations between the club and the player never got off the ground.

A statement on the club’s website explained: “The agent of John Goossens has today told NEC that John is not responding to the offer of Swansea City.

“NEC had already reached agreement with this club on a transfer but the player has chosen to see out the season at NEC Nijmegen.”

Goossens decision is likely to delight the club’s fans who face a battle with relegation in the second half of their campaign, having picked up just one point a game after 17 matches. They sit one place above the relegation spots.

Elsewhere in the Eredivisie, bottom-of-the -eague Excelsior have made a double swoop for Bart Schenkeveld and Moussa Kalisse. Schenkeveld, a 20-year-old defender, joins on loan from Feyenoord and Kalisse arrives after leaving Romanian side FCM Targu Mures in September.

The 28-year-old has signed a contract that will run until summer 2014.