White Hart Lane outfit close in on Ajax captain.
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Tottenham close to landing £9.6m Jan Vertonghen from Ajax
Jan Vertonghen is ready to move from Ajax to Tottenham Hotspur having been impressed by the London club’s personal touch and how they have made him feel central to their plans.
Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, flew to Amsterdam on Monday for negotiations with the Ajax financial director, Jerome Slop, and the club’s commercial director, Henri van der Aat. Spurs have offered €12m (around £9.6m) for Vertonghen, a central defender who has 12 months to run on his contract but Ajax value him at €15m. Levy, though, having wasted little time in moving for the 25-year-old, is confident of finalising an agreement and the player is attracted by the challenge at Tottenham and living in London.
“I have a preference for Spurs,” Vertonghen said. “I’ve got the best feeling for that club and I’m a ‘feeling person’. They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I’m their only option, which I take as a compliment.”
This deal seems more or less done and dusted, not least because the player himself is basically stating it is his intention to move to White Hart Lane and the gap between the club’s valuations are not a whole lot difference. Jan Vertonghen could well add some much needed consistency to a Tottenham defence that has struggled with injuries for the best part of three years.
The likes of Ledley King, Michael Dawson and William Gallas have all spent large chunks of campaigns out with lengthy injuries and Sebastien Bassong failed to impress before being sent out on loan to relegated Wolves, whilst adaptable defender Vedran Corluka was marched off to Bayer Leverkusen.
Though King has always been dependable when available, with the North London club rarely losing with the veteran in their starting line-up, the 31 year old’s knee issues are unrelenting and perhaps Redknapp is now ready to bring in a more reliable presence at the back.
The injuries have however led to Younes Kaboul maturing into a quality centre back and if may well be the Frenchman who partners Vertonghen in defence next term.
The 25 year old can also effectively fill a defensive midfield slot though is surely being brought in for his central defensive abilities.