Manchester United and Arsenal target Jan Vertonghen has hinted that he may snub them both for a move to Tottenham Hotspur.
The Belgium international looks set to leave current club Ajax this summer and reports over the weekend suggested Sir Alex Ferguson had stolen a march on Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp.
However, it now looks as though Vertonghen will choose a move to White Hart Lane over Emirates Stadium or Old Trafford, according to comments he made over the weekend.
“Tottenham is a fantastic traditional club who play football in a way I like,” he told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“Ajax was the perfect club for me, but Spurs will be very close in nearing that already. They buy young, eager and offensive-minded players.”
In the interview, conducted after he received the Eredivisie Player of the Year award, he claimed he did not want negotiations to be drawn out so as to get a full pre-season in with Spurs.
The 25-year-old also reminded his club that he could leave on a free transfer next year, serving a warning against them trying to drum up too high a price for him.
A move to Tottenham would see Vertonghen team up with Rafael van der Vaart, a former captain of the Amsterdam club.