Manchester United looking to snatch north London target

Manchester United are believed to be ready to make a last-ditch attempt to sign Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, who is of interest to Tottenham and Arsenal, according to Mirror Football.

The Belgium international is entering the last year of his contract, and as such could be available at a cut-price £7 million, with the Emirates outfit supposedly the current frontrunners for the centre half’s signature.

However, Sir Alex Ferguson is thought to have sent scouts to Holland to watch the Amsterdam-based club’s captain, and was impressed with glowing reports after Vertonghen led Ajax to their second consecutive Eredivisie title.

Vertonghen himself has admitted that he has a choice to make, and that he is interested in the attacking brand of football that Premier League clubs are starting to play.

“I have to make a choice. There’s something going on with Tottenham, but there are more clubs interested in signing me.

“The most important thing for me is that I get regular playing time. Plus I need a stable environment.

“More and more clubs in England seem to realise that you can go a long way with ‘good football’.

“Arsenal started with it, and teams like Newcastle, Tottenham and Manchester City are playing good football as well now,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight

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