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Spurs close to Vertonghen deal

May 25, 2012
By ESPN staff

Tottenham are ready to complete a move for Ajax skipper Jan Vertonghen, who has revealed Spurs as his destination of choice.

Jan Vertonghen
GettyImagesJan Vertonghen is eager to secure a move to Tottenham

Vertonghen is on the brink of a Premier League switch after Spurs chairman Daniel Levy flew to Amsterdam this week to finalise negotations.

Tottenham are reported to have have offered £9.6 million for Vertonghen, who has also been pursued by Arsenal.

"I have a preference for Spurs," said Vertonghen. "I've got the best feeling for that club and I'm a 'feeling person'.

"They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I'm their only option, which I take as a compliment."

Vertonghen, a Belgium international centre-back, made his Eredivisie debut with Ajax in 2006 after progressing through the club's famed youth academy.