Arsenal Join Race for Highly Rated Ajax Defender

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Arsenal are said to be taking a keen interest in highly rated Ajax defender Joel Veltman according to Football Direct News.

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The 22 year old has been in fine form this term, leading to a first call-up to the Dutch national team set-up, and is seen by Arsene Wenger as an ideal defensive addition to help act as back-up to first choice centre-back pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.

Wenger may be forced to sell Thomas Vermaelen this summer as the Belgian may feel frustrated following 18 months stuck on the bench and as such Veltman could be the right man to take his spot.

Veltman’s star could rise further if he makes it into Louis van Gaal’s 2014 World Cup finals squad so Wenger would do well to register his interest before the tournament kicks-off.

Having won back to back Eredivisie titles Veltman may be ready for a fresh challenge and a move to join the Gunners may well be very tempting, Tottenham are also said to be keen on the youngster and could be motivated by a move to join former Ajax men Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen at White Hart Lane.

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