It seems that Tottenham Hotspur have made the first move for Ajax captain and Belgium International center-back Jan Vertonghen.
Jan Vertonghen – in talks with Tottenham
The news is that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been spotted at the Amsterdam ArenA, and is trying to close the deal for the 6’3″ Ajax center-back.
The Belgium international has been tracked by Newcastle all season, but he has apparently indicated that his preference is to move to White Hart Lane, even though their north London rivals Arsenal, are also after the 6’3″ defender.
Jan played 42 times for Ajax with 10 goals in all competitions last season, and it’s interesting he scored 8 goals in 31 Eredivisie games. Maybe he’s the one Alan Pardew was talking about, when he said he wanted a center-back who can score 8 goals in a season.
Levy has been spotted by the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf at the Amsterdam ArenA, and the news is that he is currently in advanced talks with Jan and his representatives.
While Newcastle are interested in the player, we always thought it could be difficult to get him on Tyneside, although Tottenham are only in the Europa League next season, as are Newcastle.
The news in De Telegraaf is that Levy has also met with Ajax financial director Jeroen Slop and commercial director Henri van der Aat, as Spurs try to quickly wrap up the deal, before any other club moves in.
So Newcastle could miss out on one of their targets, who is thought to cost around £6M, with only one year left on his contract at Ajax.
But Newcastle have plenty other center-backs they have been tracking over the last season, including Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Toby Alderweireld of Ajax, and the 6’4″ Brazilian Douglas of FC Twente.
And we’re sure that top Newcastle scout Graham Carr could also have one or two surprises for Newcastle fans this summer.