Liverpool & Chelsea target admits Valencia interest

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Ajax defender Gregory van der Wiel looks set to snub reported interest from Liverpool and Chelsea after admitting that he's open to a move to Valencia at the end of the 2011-12 season.

The 23-year-old Dutch international has been continuously linked with a move away from Amsterdam, and has now paved way for a switch to Spain with los Che.

Van der Wiel's agent Hakim Slimani recently revealed that Valencia and Ajax had held discussions over a potential transfer, and the Eredivisie outfit's sporting director Danny Blind confirmed yesterday that they're ready to cash in if the price is right.

Liverpool and Chelsea have both been credited with an interest in bringing van der Wiel to the Barlcays Premier League, with a transfer fee in the region of €10million believed to be the sum needed to activate negotiations.

With Reds boss Kenny Dalglish looking to strengthen his backline at Anfield, it is believed he was weighing up a January bid for the Holland star.

Meanwhile Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas is also on the lookout for defensive reinforcements when the transfer window reopens, and was set to rival Liverpool for van der Wiel's signature and attempt to lure him to Stamford Bridge.

However, any hopes either club may have had of signing the player now look to have been dashed, after van der Wiel hinted he would favour a move to the Mestalla, and ruled out the possibility of a transfer in January.

"Valencia are a great club and an interesting option," he told after last night's UEFA Champions League defeat to Real Madrid. "I know that they are keen to sign me in the summer transfer window.

"I don't have any plans to leave this winter, but you never know what will happen. Either way, I want to end my Ajax career in a good way."

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