Tottenham close in on Vertonghen

Tottenham are believed to be on the verge of signing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, according to The Guardian.

The White Hart Lane club have made the impressive Belgium international their number one transfer target this summer, with the Eredivisie man thought to be impressed with the dedication and commitment of Spurs to landing his signature.

Daniel Levy flew to the Netherlands on Monday to meet with Ajax financial director Jerome Slop, with a €12m (around £9.6m) bid thought to have been accepted, despite the Amsterdam-based side valuing Vertonghen at €15m.

The player, with only 12 months left on his current contract in Holland, has admitted that he has a preference to join Spurs.

“I have a preference for Spurs,” Vertonghen said.

“I’ve got the best feeling for that club and I’m a ‘feeling person’. They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I’m their only option, which I take as a compliment.”

Meanwhile, Levy continues to work on a deal to bring Emmanuel Adebayor to White Hart Lane on a permanent basis.

The Togolese target man spent 2011-12 on loan in north London but has returned to Manchester City due to the campaign’s conclusion.

Spurs want Adebayor to sign for them, but his £170,000 a week wages remain an obstacle; Spurs are hoping to snatch the African striker at a discounted fee to allow them to tempt the player with other financial incentives.

By Gareth McKnight

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