Thursday, 1st December, 2011
Tottenham Hotspur are close to capturing Ajax’s Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs have agreed a fee of €12M for Vertonghen according to Het Algemeen Dagblad and will push the deal through when the January transfer window opens.
Ajax have long been prepared for the departure of their captain and were somewhat surprised to have been able to retain his services over the summer.
Indeed, coach Frank de Boer’s plans to replace the Belgium international are at an advanced stage, with Inter’s out-of-favour Romanian defender Cristian Chivu the Eredivisie side’s preferred option.
Vertonghen has excelled with Ajax, playing a key part in the club’s Dutch title win last season and further enhancing his reputation with a series of assured displays in this year’s Champions League.
For Tottenham the capture of Vertonghen will be a coup, with the player having been tracked by a number of clubs, including local rivals Arsenal and European champions Barcelona.
The 24-year-old’s arrival would also suggest an end to Spurs’ interest in Bolton Wanderers centre back Gary Cahill, a player manager Harry Redknapp came close to signing over the summer.
On the international front, Vertonghen has made 35 appearances for Belgium, scoring two goals.
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