Tottenham have joined the growing number of European clubs to express an interest in Ajax defender Joel Veltman, according to the Daily Mirror.

Manchester United, Arsenal and AC Milan have all watched the 22-year-old Dutch defender in action this season.

Tottenham have sent their own scouts to watch him in action, and they are understood to have been very impressed.

Reports suggest the club have made discreet enquiries in a bid to steal a march on the opposition for his signature.

Ajax’s director of football and former Arsenal winger Marc Overmars has already attempted to warn clubs off making a bid for the young defender.

However, Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is believed to have identified Veltman as a top transfer target for the summer, as the club look to recruit young talent.

It is still unsure as to whether Tim Sherwood will oversee the clubs summer spending, with the Tottenham head coach admitting he could face the sack if the club fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season.

Despite the uncertainty surrounding Sherwood’s future, the club have set about identifying transfer targets for the summer, and Veltman is believed to be high on the clubs list.

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