Vertonghen move 'still close'

Agent hopeful deal will be finalised despite Redknapp's exit

Jan Vertonghen: Set to join Tottenham despite Harry Redknapp's departure

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Jan Vertonghen's agent has insisted the defender is still on track to join Tottenham despite Harry Redknapp's departure as manager.

Spurs began talks with Ajax over the transfer of Vertonghen some weeks ago, but the two sides are still reported to be some way apart on their valuation of the 25-year-old defender.

And doubts were raised about whether the deal would be finalised when Redknapp parted company with the club on Thursday.

However, Vertonghen has previously made it clear that he wants to move to White Hart Lane despite interest from other Premier League clubs, and his representative Mustapha Nakhli remains hopeful.

Good atmosphere

"Nothing has changed at all. He is coming to Tottenham for the club and not for the manager," Nakhli said.

"Managers come and go. Of course Jan is sorry that Harry Redknapp is no longer there but he is going for the club.

"We have a good relationship with Daniel Levy. He wants the deal to happen and there is a good atmosphere (between us).

"I don't know when it will happen but the deal is close, very close."