Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf report this morning that Tottenham have begun negotiations with Ajax to sign central defender Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs have reportedly targeted Vertonghen as their most important summer transfer target and are eager to wrap up a deal quickly.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has been frustrated at chopping and changing his central defensive partnership throughout the season with Ledley King, William Gallas, Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul all succumbing to injuries during the campaign.
De Telegraaf report that Spurs are hoping to seal a deal for the Belgian defender for less than 10 million euros and discussions have already begun between Vertonghen’s agents and the north London club.
Vertonghen seems almost certain to be playing Premier League football next season with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle also interested.
The 25-year-old defender was hoping to keep these negotiations quiet with Ajax set to clinch the Eredivisie title this evening but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is eager to seal a deal quickly.
Whilst Vertonghen has struggled to break into the Belgium national team on a regular basis (he does have 36 international caps), with Arsenal’s Thomas Vermaelen and Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany the first choice pairing, he has been in inspirational form for Ajax in recent weeks.
The captain of the Amsterdam giants is a cultured ball-playing central defender who revels in setting up attacks from the back. Vertonghen is also strong in the air and in the tackle but may struggle against diminutive pacey strikers.