Tottenham Hotspur have made their first move in the predicted race to sign Jan Vertonghen this summer.

The Belgian international has been heavily linked with a move to England in the past, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger claimed to be a long-term admirer of the player, sensing an opportunity to pair the 24-year-old with international teammate Thomas Vermaelen at the Emirates Stadium.

Reports in today’s Daily Mail claims Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas also has an interest in the player, but the same paper claims that Spurs have sent scouts to personally check on the £12 million-rated centre back.

Vertonghen impressed for Ajax in last night’s Europa League last 32 tie against Manchester United, but was unable to prevent Frank de Boer’s side falling to a 2-0 defeat at the Amsterdam Arena against Sir Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils.

Highly-rated Christian Eriksen was also on display for the Godenzonen, and both showed an ability that is likely to have caught the eye of interested Premier League clubs.

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