Newcastle contest Arsenal for £10m Vertonghen

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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has reportedly made a personal check on Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, and will hope to keep him out of the clutches of Arsenal this summer.

Vertonghen has frequently been linked with a move away from the Amsterdam Arena, and will seemingly leave the Dutch giants for pastures new this summer.

A move to Arsenal, it would appear, is the most likely transfer for the Belgium international, who has previously stated his ambition to sign for the Gunners.

However, should Arsene Wenger formalise his interest in Vertonghen, he is seemingly likely to have to contest Newcastle for the signature of the 24-year-old.

According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle have identified Vertonghen as a prime summer target, and Pardew has been on a scouting trip to watch him in action.

The Toon boss was reportedly in Amsterdam to run the rule over Vertonghen as Ajax beat Graafschap 3-1, and a summer bid of around £10 million could now be in the offing.

It would prove to be quite a coup if Newcastle can beat Arsenal to Vertonghen, and their quest to sign him will be significantly aided by a top four finish this season.

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