PSV Eindhoven linked with Sainsbury switch

Ian McCullough
Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury has been linked with a move to PSV Eindhoven

Dutch side PSV Eindhoven are in the box seat to sign Socceroo Trent Sainsbury after he became a free agent.

Sainsbury has terminated his deal Chinese club Jiangsu Suning, who had been demanding a fee of around a million dollars for the centre-half.

And reports in the UK media say former Socceroos assistant coach Mark van Bommel - who took over as coach of PSV Eindhoven after being on Bert van Marwijk's staff at the World Cup - has moved in to sign the 26-year-old.

Sainsbury spent two years playing in the Netherlands before moving to China in 2016, but spent last season on loan to Swiss club Grasshopper.

The fact clubs won't have to pay a transfer fee for his services opens up a realm of other possibilities for Sainsbury, who had also attracted strong interest from QPR.

"The PFA's legal department has provided advice to Trent since the conclusion of the World Cup," Professional Footballers' Association boss John Didulica said.

"Trent has terminated his contract for just cause in accordance with FIFA Regulations and the longstanding jurisprudence of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

"As a consequence, he is now a free agent and entitled to sign with a club of his choosing."

Sainsbury said he was looking to resume his career as soon as possible.

"I thank the PFA for their support during this period and I wish Jiangsu Suning all the best for the future," he said.