Tottenham’s Deal For Jan Vertonghen On The Rocks After Harry Redknapp Departure

Belgian to wait for new manager before deciding on move.

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Tottenham Hotspur could miss out on the signing of Jan Vertonghen after sacking manager Harry Redknapp.

The Ajax captain had been set to finalise a £12.9 million move to North London in the next few weeks but it is understood he will now wait to see who Spurs install as Redknapp’s replacement before putting pen to paper.

Redknapp personally watched Vertonghen several times for Ajax and Belgium and played a significant part in convincing the Belgium international to choose Spurs over north London rivals Arsenal.

Tottenham sacked the 65-year-old last night, reportedly after a contract dispute between chairman Daniel Levy and the former Portsmouth boss.

The Londoners are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements ahead of next season, with question marks over the fitness of centre-halves William Gallas, Ledley King and Michael Dawson, and veteran Ryan Nelsen set to leave the club imminently.

Vertonghen, who was named Dutch footballer of the year 2012, admitted in the past fortnight that White Hart Lane was his likely destination, after speculation that Levy was stalling and Arsenal could hijack the deal.

The 25-year-old remains interested in a move to Tottenham but will wait until Spurs have found a new boss – with Roberto Martinez of Wigan and Everton’s David Moyes the current favourite – before making a concrete decision on his future.

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