Jan Vertonghen, completing the pack


The transfer of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax to Spurs has the feeling of a never ending story about it. Euro 2012 was nothing but excitement in our bellies when the rumours first broke, and now the dust has all but settled in Poland and The Ukraine, the conclusion to this transfer saga is still ongoing. The Belgian Centre Half has not gone out of his way to hide his desire to move to the premiership, and has even spoken out on the Ajax website.

Andre Villas-Boas was today announced as the new manager at Spurs and concluding the transfer of the Belgian should be at the top of new man’s list. Even though Spurs have insisted Ledley King still has a future at The Lane, it seems likely the Spurs legend has all but played his last games for the club. Last season Younes Kaboul was in imperious form, although he only managed 27 starts, a relatively low number for a centre half. King made the second largest contribution with 15 starts in all competitions. With Ryan Nelson moving to QPR and William Gallas reportedly on his way to West Ham, options in the centre of defence for AVB are looking limited.

Of course the ever dependable Michael Dawson will be raring to go after missing out on 99.9% of last season through injury and the Olympic-bound Steven Caulker will hopefully be in the spurs first team squad where he surely belongs. Back in July 2010 I took a trip down to the cost to watch a pre-season friendly in which the Under 21 England international impressed immensely, playing with a calmness and confidence that could be described as King-esque. Last season the 20 year old established himself as a Premier League player, breaking into Swansea City’s first eleven and making 26 appearances.

So, should Mr Villas-Boas manage to overcome the stumbling blocks set in place by Jan Vertonghen’s Ajax contract, this signing would surely complete a very competitive group of defensive players for the coming season and hopefully put a stop to an injury plagued back line for Spurs.

By Scott North

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  1. This signing is imperitive

    I feel the one position we really struggled in last season was center back, Nelson, Gallas, King and Dawson were not reliable last season, this guy if he signs would be our best center back and really classy guy.

    Before we go for Oscar and Moutinho and Dzagoev although all lovely we need to address the striker situation we have 1 and he is pretty useless in the AVB system.

    Adebayor, Falcao or more realistically Remy need to be signed

  2. I think the reason this transfer has taken so long and will now be completed very soon is, for the last 5 weeks Spurs have been without a manager. So who was to recommend we buy Vatongen. Levy would not be that arrogant to think or to be seen to be buying players without the consent of the man in charge ie AVB. Now he is in place the transfer can proceed unhindered

    • Why wouldn't Levy do something like that seeing as thats how we got Van der Vaart when redschnapps was in charge….

  3. it has nothing to do about wether we have a manager or not! he has stated several times that Ajax are refusing to pay the 15% of the transfer fee to him as stipulated in his contract. If there was no such clause he would have been wearing a spurs shirt ages ago! He has even gone on record as stating he is signing because of the club not a manager, he wants to play for spurs.

  4. “Caulker will hopefully be in the first team WHERE HE SURELY BELONGS” ?!????

    I’m glad we have a young CB available who can step in and contribute but let’s not get carried away.

    • he has played a full premier league season in an excellent side: if we were to have to pay for young caulkers services we'd be looking at a 12m odd fee! I say he is ready

  5. We probably have to wait for the new kit launch before we unveil new signings. they have to get the photo with the shirt etc etc.

  6. He'll be a great signing for us. He & Kaboul will make a terrific pairing.
    If we can replace Modders with a like replacement, get some fullbacks to back up Walker & BAE,and add some quality strikers, we'll be in a really good position next season.
    It then remains for the layers to back AVB & play under his system and I believe we'll be top 4 mateial again.

  7. just make the move if u want it badly forget the 15% dont know why u would want to stay after them refusing to pay u that!

  8. My only worry is Dawson. His lack of pace means he will struggle with AVB's high line. Kaboul and Vert would be a great pairing!

  9. We need to sign in the right areas. Modric and van der vaart on there way out me personally think we shoul let them go as they no longer wish to stay. With 40mill kitty plus the funds of them two leaving we should go out and sign them all we have been linked with including bringing adebayor back to the lane. With them all in the side I don’t have a shadow of a doubt we will be in the mix for the title . Optimistic but realistic also


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