Thursday, May 10, 2012


English Premiership side, Tottenham have beaten their north London rival Arsenal in the race to sign Ajax captain Jan Vertoghen and expect to reach agreement with his club Ajax by the end of the week according to

Vertonghen has chosen Spurs ahead of Arsene Wenger’s team and the north Londoners are in advanced negotiations with the Dutch giants over a deal that is likely to be settled at around €10 million.

There is even a possibility that Vertonghen will fly to London within the next few days to be shown around Tottenham’s new Enfield training headquarters, where they will move permanently in the summer.

It is understood that the defender, who was named Eredivisie player of the year, wants to join Spurs irrespective of whether they play in next season’s Champions League.

It will come as a blow to Arsenal, who have been tracking the Belgian centre-back for two years and had earmarked him as one of their primary defensive targets this summer.

But Vertonghen has settled on Spurs because he believes he will be able to play more regularly in his favourite centre-back position for a Champions League calibre club.

The 25-year-old is often pushed out to left-back or central midfield when he plays for the Belgium national team because of the presence of Vincent Kompany and his friend and former Ajax team-mate Thomas Vermaelen.

Vertonghen has a year remaining on his Ajax contract and has spoken in recent days of his desire to tie up a move to the Premier League at the start of the transfer window.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made a formal move for Vertonghen last week after failing to land him in the January window.


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