Spurs an option for Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen's agent has reiterated that the defender would love to play in the Premier League and says Tottenham have made an approach.
Last Updated: 03/05/12 11:26am
Jan Vertonghen's agent has reiterated that the defender would love to play in the Premier League and says Tottenham have already made an approach.
Vertonghen's performances for Ajax this season have seem him emerge as one of the most coveted players in European football, with a number of clubs keeping tabs on his progress.
He recently admitted that he had a 'dozen' options and has made no secret of his admiration for Arsenal, where Belgian compatriot Thomas Vermaelen is firmly established as a key man at centre-back.
Newcastle, Manchester City and Liverpool have also been linked with a move for Vertonghen and the 25-year-old's representative, Mustapha Nakhli, says playing in England would be a dream come true.
But it appears Tottenham are among the frontrunners after Nakhli claimed that talks had taken place with the White Hart Lane outfit.
"There is enormous interest. A number of clubs have made concrete approaches, with Tottenham among them," Nakhli said.
"Jan has a few dream clubs. Playing at the top of the Premier League is something he has worked really hard for."
Seen the light
Vertonghen has a year left to run on his Ajax contract and boss Frank de Boer has admitted he is now ready for a move elsewhere after taking his game to a higher level this season.
"Jan has seen the light," said De Boer. "Not only on the pitch, but away from it.
"I have been very critical of him and, at some point, he must have become fond of me.
"His development is wonderful to see. If he leaves, I think it is right.
"Earlier, I thought it would have been unwise.
"It will not be easy to replace him."