Ajax director of football Marc Overmars has revealed that the Dutch club tried to sign Steven Bergwijn during the winter transfer window.

Tottenham were reported to have rejected a £15million approach from the side which the north Londoners famously beat in the Champions League semi-final (The Sun).

Overmars admitted that the financial restraints that the club have experienced over the past two years as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic made them think twice about breaking the bank to land the former PSV Eindhoven player.

The 48-year-old also acknowledged that Bergwijn’s brilliant late cameo late in January at Leicester City in which he scored two goals in injury time to give his side a memorable 3-2 victory did not help matters but refused to rule out a future approach for the Dutch international.

Spurs were said to have been open to allowing the 24-year-old to leave early in January if Ajax had made a suitable offer (Evening Standard).

Overmars told Dutch TV channel ESPN 1 on (1/2/22 at 17:00): “It’s no secret that we tried to get Bergwijn here at Ajax. But you have to remain realistic. Every club has a very rough 2 years behind them. Together with the board we decided that it was unwise to bring in this financial package during such uncertain economic times.

“Tottenham is not an easy club when it comes to letting players go. Then he (Bergwijn) also scored 2 late goals (vs Leicester) which also didn’t help, but who knows what the future holds. For now, we might give the youth players a chance.”

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