According to a report in Dutch publication De Telegraph, Ajax are have been rebuffed by Tottenham in their attempts to sign Jan Vertonghen in the January transfer window.
The Belgium international signed for Spurs from Ajax in the January of 2012 and has since then gone on to become one of the lilywhites’ best defenders in the Premier League era.
The 32-year-old central defender’s contract with the club runs out at the end of the current season and he has admitted his desire to sign an extension with Spurs (The Sun).
However, his performance so far this campaign have left a lot to be desired, especially in the recent outings against Norwich, Southampton and Middlesbrough.
De Telegraph claims that Ajax have already investigated the possibility of re-signing Vertonghen but that the transfer fee and the defender’s wages proved too steep for the Dutch champions.
The report suggests that Ajax’s sporting director Marc Overmars is confident he can take Vertonhen back to Amsterdam and is waiting for his transfer fee and wage demands to drop further.
Spurs are reported to be refusing to allow Vertonghen to leave before they have signed a replacement.
Overmars is said to have been in dialogue with the defender but currently the financials are not working in the favour of the Dutch club.
Spurs Web Opinion
Vertonghen has a really crucial six months coming up as he has to prove that he deserves a new contract. While the Belgian has undoubtedly been one of Tottenham’s best defenders in the Premier League era, he has been well below par so far this campaign and has to show that he is still capable of putting in consistent displays.
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