Spurs lead race for 'new Stam'
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Speculating is mounting in the Dutch media that Ron Vlaar will join Tottenham.
Speculating is mounting in the Dutch media that Ron Vlaar will join Tottenham in 2006.
The AZ Alkmaar defender is being dubbed 'The new Jaap Stam' in his homeland, and Martin Jol is believed to be a fan of his talents.
AZ are unlikely to allow Vlaar to leave before the end of the season but they are willing to discuss a deal for the outspoken 20-year-old.
He turned down a new contract offer recently and was fined for disparaging comments made about coach Louis van Gaal in the media.
Ajax were considered favourites to snap up the Holland international but Spurs are now in pole position, although Feyenoord remain interested.
Sources claim Ajax have pulled out of the chase and will be considering other options in the transfer market.
Jol feels Vlaar is similar in style to typical English centre backs and would spice up competition for places alongside Ledley King, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, and Michael Dawson.
AZ would look to include Mounir el Hamdaoui in any deal as they would like to bring the Spurs forward back to De Eredivisie.