Spurs make late De Jong move

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Tottenham have entered the race to sign Dutch international Nigel de Jong and look set to clinch his signature from under the noses of a host of clubs.

De Jong, who is out of contract at Ajax in the summer, has already confirmed his intention to quit the Dutch capital.

The 21-year-old has held talks with a number of clubs including West Ham, Celtic and Sevilla - but it was Germans Borussia Dortmund who looked to have won the race for his signature after already landing team-mate Steven Pienaar.

However, Spurs - whose commitment to snap-up the world's best young talent, has now seen them make a late move.

Tottenham coach Martin Jol will be know stranger to de Jong's talents and he looks to have given the green-light to move for the midfielder - who is also at home in defence.

Dutch sources are claiming that de Jong and his advisors are currently in London after flying in from Amsterdam on Monday.

It is not known whether Spurs are in talks over a mere pre-contract with a view to a Bosman transfer - or a permanent deal, with Ajax likely to accept a nominal fee for a player who can leave the club for nothing in the summer.