Tottenham & Newcastle United Battle It Out for Ajax Defender as Dutch Side Ready to Accept Big Offers

White Hart Lane and St James’ Park sides keen on Belgian defender.

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Spurs and Newcastle have been told they will have to break the bank if they want to sign Ajax defender Toby Alderweireld.

The 23-year-old is a product of the famed Ajax academy system and the reigning Eredivisie champions are reluctant to see him leave in the January window.

Provided either Premier League side meet the Dutch club’s desired ‘super transer fee’ for the Belgian, Ajax will not block a move, but believe Alderweireld would benefit from seeing out the remainder of the season at the Amsterdam Arena.

SOURCE: Daily Mail

It appears that Ajax are somewhat resigned to losing Belgian international Toby Alderweireld and will look to garner as much from his sale as possible.

The adaptable defender, who play either at right-back or in the centre of defence, could well suit both Tottenham and Newcastle United but a move to North London may be more tempting to the 23 year old as it would see him reunited with his former Ajax team-mate, and national team colleague, Jan Vertonghen.

Alan Pardew doesn’t have a multitude of central defensive options, opting between Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson as a partner for skipper Fabricio Coloccini. Whereas Andre Villas-Boas has a number of options but seemingly still keen on the Antwerp born defender.

With William Gallas in the latter stages of his career, Michael Dawson barely getting a look-in and Younes Kaboul out injured perhaps the Spurs boss sees Alderweireld as a long term proposition.

The Daily Mail believe it will take a bid in the region of £9m to tempt the Amsterdam side to sell.

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