Vertonghen won't pen new deal

Defender has sights firmly set on Premier League

Jan Vertonghen: Targeting a move to the Premier League

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Reported Premier League target Jan Vertonghen says he has no intention of signing a new deal at Ajax and has reiterated his desire to join an English club.

The Belgium international defender has been linked with a host of top European sides, with Tottenham thought to be frontrunners in the race for his signature.

A move away from Amsterdam looks increasingly likely for Vertonghen after he confirmed he will not extend his Ajax deal, which expires in June 2013.

"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."

Vertonghen came through the youth ranks at Ajax after joining the club as a teenager from Germinal Beerschot in 2003.

The 24-year-old, who has been capped 36 times for Belgium, has also been linked with Arsenal and Newcastle.