Tottenham Hotspur reportedly made an offer for Ajax defender, Edson Alvarez, in the January transfer market, but were denied a chance to sign him by the Dutch club (De Telegraaf).
Spurs and Ajax have a long history of dealing together, with the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Davinson Sanchez, and Christian Eriksen all purchased from the club.
However, it appears that the Champions League semi-finalists from last season put their foot down on this particular transfer.
Alvarez is seen as a real utility player, able to play at centre-back, right-back, and even defensive midfield, much like the Eric Dier of old.
He only signed for Ajax in the summer of 2019, which is perhaps why they were so unwilling to let him leave the club, having played 21 games and scored two goals this season (Wikipedia).
However, De Telegraaf claim that a summer deal may be possible and that Ajax may accept a bid of below the £13m they paid for him.
Spurs Web Opinion:
A cheap utility player is always a good purchase for any Premier League squad, especially when the fixtures start coming thick and fast. If Vertonghen leaves in the summer, Alvarez could provide good back-up.
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