Vertonghen opens Premier League door

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Arsenal and Tottenham target Jan Vertonghen says he has no intention of signing a new deal at Ajax, reiterating his desire to join an English club, reports

The 24-year-old Belgian international defender has long been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle United also keeping tabs on his situation.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is keen to strengthen his defensive department at the Emirates Stadium this summer, and will be encouraged by Vertonghen's latest comments.

"I am still under contract until June 2013, but I do not intend to extend it," the Ajax captain told "I hope to continue my career at a good Premier League club where I can stay for many seasons.

"I will miss Ajax and I do not plan to sell my house [in Amsterdam]. But I want to get to know England and the unique atmosphere of its stadia."

However, Arsenal will likely face competition for Vertonghen's signature from north London rivals Tottenham, as Harry Redknapp is also reportedly interested in bringing him to White Hart Lane.

A move away from the Amsterdam Arena looks almost certain, but as yet Vertonghen's eventual destination is anything but clear, with Spurs, Arsenal and Newcastle set to fight it out.

With 36 caps for Belgium, the defender boasts a wealth of international experience, having also made appearances in the Champions League and Europa League, attracting interest from a host of top European sides.

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