Spurs strike Vertonghen deal
Centre-half all set to complete switch to White Hart Lane
Last Updated: July 8, 2012 1:33pm
Jan Vertonghen: Will be turning out in the Premier League next season
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that they have reached an agreement with Ajax for the transfer of highly-rated centre-half Jan Vertonghen.
Spurs have been chasing the Belgium international for some time, attempting to fend off rival interest in his services from north London neighbours Arsenal in the process.
Vertonghen made it clear from the outset that White Hart Lane was his preferred destination, as he prepared to embark on a Premier League adventure.
It has taken a while for an agreement to be put in place, with negotiations having dragged on between the relevant parties.
A deal has been reached, though, and Vertonghen will become a Spurs player once he passes a medical.
Tottenham, who will be under the guidance of new boss Andre Villas-Boas in 2012/13, are thrilled to have secured the services of a player who figured prominently on their summer transfer radar.
"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical," read a statement released on the club's official website.
"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."