Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has admitted that Steven Bergwijn fits the profile of what he is looking for in a forward.

Ten Hag refused to be drawn on whether the Dutch giants are looking to make a move for the Tottenham Hotspur player during the current transfer window.

The Athletic reported earlier this month that Tottenham’s intention is to keep Bergwijn at the club for the upcoming season with the hope that he can improve after a difficult first full campaign in England.

The 51-year-old was heavily linked with the vacant managerial position in North London following Jose Mourinho’s dismissal in April and was due to hold talks, but instead signed a new one-year contract extension with the Eredivisie champions (Guardian).

Bergwijn, who cost £27million (BBC) from PSV in January of last year struggled for game time in the second half of last season, which ended up proving costly after he missed out on a place in the Netherlands’ squad for Euro 2020.

Ten Hag told Voetbal International: “I never go into names”,

“But it is like ABC, if I explain the profile here, Bergwijn fits it.

“But I’m not going to go into that whether it’s even possible.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Bergwijn looked short of confidence last season in what was predominantly a defensive-minded role he was asked to operate under Mourinho, with a heavy reliance of tracking back into his own half.

His miss at Anfield which could have see us have taken all three points against Liverpool as a sliding doors moment in our quest to stamp our authority as genuine title contenders, soon after, the wheels came off.

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