With Newcastle on the verge of securing Champions League football this season, manager Pardew sets his sights on Ajax centre-back Jan Vertonghen
In a move that indicates a growing confidence that they can steal a Champions League qualification berth away from Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, Newcastle are keeping their options open in the transfer market in the event that they qualify for European football’s money-spinner.
Vertonghen, who is valued at £10 million, has already said a move to Arsenal to play alongside his fellow Belgian international, Thomas Vermaelen, would interest him.
SOURCE: The Telegraph
Recent reports have linked Vertonghen with many Premier League clubs, with the Belgian international apparently keen on a summer move to Arsenal.
The £10 million rated Vertonghen has already said a move to Arsenal to play alongside his fellow Belgian international, Thomas Vermaelen, would interest him.
However, following Newcastle’s growing confidence at the prospect of Champions League football next season, there is a strong belief around Tyneside that they can steal a Champions League qualification berth away from Tottenham and Chelsea.
Should Newcastle secure Champions League football, they will have to bolster their defense if they’re to stand a realistic chance of advancing from their qualifying group.
Graham Carr, Newcastle’s chief scout, has been monitoring Vertonghen for at least two years and Alan Pardew, the manager, has also been to see the 24 year-old play on a number of occasions. Pardew will see Verthonghen as a perfect defensive partner for the impressive Fabricio Coloccini.
Manchester United and Manchester City have also taken a look at the Ajax captain, with his main priority to sign for a club in the Champions League.
The 24 year-old has been capped for Belgium 36 times, with two international goals to his name.
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