Tottenham have made the early running in the pursuit of Arsenal target Jan Vertonghen by beginning talks with Ajax over a potential summer deal, it has been claimed.

The 25-year-old defender has only one year remaining on his contract with Ajax, and appears set to leave the Amsterdam Arena for pastures new at the end of the season.

A switch to either the Emirates Stadium or White Hart Lane would seem to be the most likely outcome for Vertonghen, and Spurs have reportedly moved early in an attempt to ensure he moves to the latter.

According to De Telegraaf, Vertonghen's agent Mustapha Nakhil has confirmed that Spurs have made an official approach for the Belgium international, and talks have started regarding a £7 million deal.

Beating Arsenal to Vertonghen would certainly be quite a coup for Harry Redknapp, although the lure of playing alongside Thomas Vermaelen may be too much for the former to resist, should the Gunners come calling.

Vertonghen and Vermaelen, international teammates with Belgium, maintain a strong friendship from their time together at Ajax, and the former has previously been a guest of the latter at the Emirates Stadium.

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