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Tottenham agree deal to sign Vertonghen

ESPN staff
July 8, 2012
Jan Vertonghen was in dispute with Ajax over a cut of the transfer fee © PA Photos

Tottenham Hotspur have finally been given the green light to sign Jan Vertonghen from Ajax.

Vertonghen, 25, had been at loggerheads with his club over a cut of the transfer fee he was due under the terms of his contract. But after weeks of wrangling the matter has finally been settled and the defender is now able to move to the Premier League.

A statement on Spurs' official website read: "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical.

"The 2011-12 campaign was the Belgium international's most successful season to date - being named Ajax captain at the start and going on to lead the Dutch side to their second straight league title.

"The centre back's impressive performances did not go unnoticed as he was named Eredivisie Player of the Year as well as Ajax's Player of the Year in a season that saw him score 10 times in 37 appearances. In total, Jan made 220 appearances and scored 28 goals for Ajax since making his debut for them in 2006."

On Saturday, Ajax manager Frank de Boer left Vertonghen out of his squad for a pre-season fixture against FC Emmen because "his head is in London".

Spurs are expected to pay £9 million to bring the centre-back to White Hart Lane, where he will link up with new boss Andre Villas-Boas. Vertonghen joins Gylfi Sigurdsson in boosting the ranks at Spurs.

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