Belgian finally a Spurs player.
We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical.
The 2011/12 campaign was the Belgium international’s most successful season to date – being named Ajax captain at the start and going on to lead the Dutch side to their second straight league title.
The centre back’s impressive performances did not go unnoticed as he was named Eredivisie Player of the Year as well as Ajax’s Player of the Year in a season that saw him score 10 times in 37 appearances. In total, Jan made 220 appearances and scored 28 goals for Ajax since making his debut for them in 2006.
SOURCE: Spurs official website
So the protracted transfer saga of the summer (so far) is finally over. Jan Vertonghen has been ‘on the verge’ of a move to White Hart Lane for the best part of a month, with first wrangles over a transfer fee and then a dispute between the player and Ajax holding up the deal.
Spurs have been in need of defensive reinforcements after the departures of Ryan Nelson to QPR and Vedran Corluka to Lokomotiv Moscow, as well as the expected sale of Sebastian Bassong. Doubts remain over the future of club captain Ledley King who has a chronic knee problem, meaning Vertonghen will vie for a starting berth with the likes of Younes Kaboul and Steven Caulker and also provide cover at left full-back.
After a lengthy chase, Spurs have their man but with the deal initiated long before AVB was appointed, question marks remain over whose player Vertonghen is. The Belgian was first mentioned by former boss Harry Redknapp back in June suggesting that he is a club signing, rather than one by Villas-Boas.
The Portuguese was notably reluctant to play Gary Cahill, who was signed for him by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and Spurs fans will hope that Villas-Boas does not similarly sideline Vertonghen.
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