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REPORTS: Spurs Win Jan Vertonghen Race After Agreeing €12m Fee

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Arsenal and Chelsea target Jan Vertonghen, according to reports in Holland.

Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Arsenal and Chelsea target Jan Vertonghen, according to reports.

The defender has been strongly linked with a move away from Ajax over the past 18 months, with the Belgian being a long-term target for Arsenal and Chelsea, who both made enquiries for the player in the summer. A move to either club has failed to materialise and now it seems Tottenham are set to snatch the 24-year-old from under their rivals noses.

Dutch-based media outlet Het Algemeen Dagblad are reporting that Spurs have agreed a €12 million fee with Ajax for Vertonghen and will finalise the deal in the January transfer window.

Harry Redknapp has been on the look out for a new centre back after narrowly missing out on Gary Cahill in the summer. The Spurs boss is concerned by the injury problem he faces at the back with Michael Dawson out with a long term injury and William Gallas also struggling with injuries this term. It seems likely Sebastian Bassong will depart in January making way for Vertoghen who can play at left back as well as in the middle of defence.



  1. Dylan

    December 2, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Good for them. We don’t really need him anymore since Koscielny has finally come out of his shell and The Verminator’s over his recent injuries. Then we’ve got The Mert and Djourou. Failing all of them- Miquel and Squillacci. We’re fine.

    • Acton_Yid

      December 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

      So, you’ve got “The Mert” have you ? Let me break it to you gently; “he is pure sh*te”, International or not. Kos is still unpredictable, same with Djourou. Miquel is too inexperienced and Squillaci is, well, poodoo. The only one I’d take is “The Verminator”…then again, I suspect Vertonghen will be equally as good as the Verm (should we get him)…COYS.

    • Harry

      December 3, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Ha ha delusional mid table Gooners, don’t you just love em.

  2. bazza

    December 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    It seems they are just repeating the People story and things getting a bit lost in translation. It doesn’t appear a done deal at all, just a possible target and it has to be said a very good one

  3. Hugo

    December 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Harry, This story is most likely just a rumour and he may well end up with the gunners as he know vermalen well, but he is not as good as him anyway. Mert has showed alot of improvements but as spurs fan your blind to that. Im a Arsenal fan and I still think the way spurs are playing at the moment is great, Grow up a bit mate.

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