Arsenal prepare £8 million Ajax defender signing

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Arsenal are being linked with a January move for Belgian international defender Jan Vertonghen.

The 23-year-old centre back continues to build on his reputation in the Eredivisie, and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly ready to make another move for the player.

Frenchman Wenger has been heavily linked with the defender in the past, with the Metro claiming that enquiries were made by the Gunners but rejected in the summer.

Vertonghen joined the famed Ajax academy in 2003, and made his senior debut for the Godenzonen in 2006. After a season-long loan at RKC Waalwijk, the Belgian returned to the Amsterdam Arena and has become an integral part of the Dutch giants side.

His relationship with Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen, who he used to play alongside at Ajax and still does for Belgium, could be a crucial factor in a potential move to the Emirates.

The Gunners are still relatively short of cover in the centre back position after losing a string of veteran players in the summer transfer window, and the addition of Vermaelen's compatriot would add strength at the back for the north London side.

Ajax are known to be facing difficult financial times, and an £8 million January bid from Arsenal might be too good to turn down as Martin Jol's club look to balance the books.

Arsenal are challenging on four fronts this season, and additions when the window re-opens could be crucial for success.

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