£10m Arsenal defender target in Spurs contact

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Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly made 'initial contact' over long-term Arsenal defender target Jan Vertonghen. is claiming Harry Redknapp has targeted the talented Ajax centre back as a player who can strengthen Spurs in the position, and has made 'initial contact' with a view to making a January bid move for the player.

Rated at £10 million, the Belgian international has been continuously linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium over the last year-and-a-half, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger a known admirer of the player.

However, Tottenham Hotspur have stolen a march in the race to sign the 24-year-old if the reports are to be believed, with the north Londoners eager to gazump their near neighbours.

Redknapp is widely expected to make a defender addition in January, with England international Gary Cahill another player who has been heavily linked with a move to White Hart Lane as Spurs look to revamp their back-line.

With Sebastien Bassong touted as a possible mover away from Tottenham Hotspur in January, as well as fears over the long-term fitness of Ledley King and William Gallas, it's easy to see why the club are trying to evaluate their options.

As for Arsenal, Wenger spent big in the summer trying to revamp his squad following the exits of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, with defenders, midfielders and attackers all joining the club.

The Gunners drafted in Per Mertesacker and Andre Santos to bolster the back four, but with the jury still out on the German giant, Arsenal could again be interested in strengthening in the position in 2012.

Thomas Vermaelen could also play an integral part in persuading the player that Arsenal would be a preferred destination, with the pair forming a strong partnership on the international stage with Belgium.

Arsenal will be under no illusions that their will be a battle for the Godenzonen star, but have the funds at their disposal should they wish to take on their capital rivals.

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