Spurs defender deal completed 'soon'

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Tottenham are on the verge of securing the services of Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen, with a spokesman for the Dutch club confirming that the deal should be done ‘quite soon’.

Spurs have long been linked with a move for Vertonghen, with the Ajax captain confirming his desire to seal a switch to White Hart Lane while Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was spotted in Amsterdam on Monday.

While Vertonghen is in the final year of his contract Ajax appear insistent on securing a fee of over £12 million for his services while Tottenham would like to pay no more than £10 million, a difference which has seriously held up talks so far.

Vertonghen let his frustrations show on Friday when he revealed a move to Arsenal could be on the cards if talks with Spurs continue to stutter, but his club have confirmed that they expect a deal to be concluded sooner rather than later.

"We hope to make a deal quite soon," an Ajax spokesman told BBC Sport. "Jan deserves a move to a big league and wants to join Spurs.

"But he has a price and that's what we're talking about with Tottenham."

Vertonghen has won plenty of plaudits this season and picked up the Dutch footballer of the year award, while also impressing in the Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid.

Previously Spurs, Arsenal and Newcastle have all been linked with the Belgian international, and while Tottenham’s inability to offer Champions League football isn’t believed to be a problem, should the two clubs fail to reach a deal soon then he may begin to look elsewhere.

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