Tottenham transfer target Jan Vertonghen has cast doubt over his potential summer switch to Spurs by revealing that he would be open to a move elsewhere.
Spurs have been courting Vertonghen for some time and were believed to be on the cusp of sealing a deal after club chairman Daniel Levy was spotted in Amsterdam alongside the Belgian International’s agent earlier this week.
The Ajax centre-back previously stated his desire to secure a switch to White Hart Lane, but now says that Tottenham were never his ‘only’ option away from the Eredivisie – although he is still open to a move there.
“I never said that I will only leave Ajax for Tottenham. I only said that they are my preferred option,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwesblad.
"I have a good feeling with the club and that matters to me. They have already invited me and want to wrap this up shortly.
“Tottenham missing out on the Champions League doesn’t play a role in my decision, but it could have consequences for their transfer budget.
"They’ve told me that I’m their only option and that’s a big compliment."
Despite the fact Vertonghen has a year remaining on his current deal, Ajax are said to be holding firm in their valuation of the defender which is believed to be around £12 million, while Spurs are unwilling to offer any more than £10 million.
The highly-rated 25-year-old has previously been linked with a move to Arsenal and Newcastle, while he admitted last week that he would find it difficult to turn down a move to AC Milan should the Italian giants come calling.