St Mirren manager Jim Goodwin is hoping that he’s been able to convince PSV that Paisley is the best place for Joel Piroe.
The Dutch forward is being monitored by Everton according to reports with Juventus also once admirers. He spent last season at Sparta Rotterdam and is a promising talent in Eindhoven.
Goodwin has been open about wanting to land a new forward or two, open to ideas over whether it’s permanent or a loan. With teams like Everton apparently having interest, it would be a coup if Goodwin pulled this off, and he’s happy to throw the Buddies name into the ring.
“We are in the hat,” he said. “It’s a bit of a long shot but if you don’t ask, you don’t get. We have asked PSV to be open-minded about it and we expect to hear back by the start of next week.
“We are talking to a number of other players and we are continuing to scour the UK and Europe to see what we can get, whether that’s a good loan signing or a good permanent. I have made an enquiry about Joel. He’s a very talented young footballer and has attracted good interest from other clubs.
“He’s only a young lad, he’s certainly one PSV have got high hopes for. He ticks a lot of boxes for us, tall, athletic, decent pace, got an eye for goal. He’s pretty much what we need so hopefully we can make it happen.”
In the meantime, Goodwin will take his men to South Lanarkshire for a test against Hamilton this afternoon. The Buddies were beaten in their last outing, a 3-0 defeat to Rangers, but have had a fresh week after the postponement of their match with Celtic on Wednesday.
It’s always a hard task when facing former Buddie and Hamilton boss Brian Rice according to Goodwin but he hopes his new-look defence will be able to deal with whatever Accies throw at them.
“We were obviously disappointed that the Celtic game was off, particularly in the manner it was postponed,” Goodwin said. “But I have to say it might be a bit of a blessing in disguise for ourselves considering we had such a difficult game on Sunday against Rangers and then to have to recover so quickly for what was going to be another extremely difficult game against Celtic.
“Hopefully that means we are a lot fresher for what is a massive game for us against Hamilton. Brian Rice tends to approach every game the same. They aren’t afraid to play two up front regardless of the opposition and I don’t foresee them changing that approach against us at home.
“I’d imagine a 4-4-2 setup; they’ve got two big strikers up front. They are hardworking, well organised, the young boy Lewis Smith can cause you problems. It always is a difficult game against Hamilton.
“The goalkeeper, centre-halfs and full-backs are going to have to defend the box. If we can be as organised as were against Livingston we certainly give ourselves a great chance.”