Vertonghen open to Arsenal move
Defender names Gunners as one of his preferred destinations
Last Updated: March 13, 2012 9:07am
Jan Vertonghen: Has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Spurs
Tottenham could face competition from neighbours Arsenal to sign Jan Vertonghen in the summer after the Ajax defender revealed he is keen on a move to Emirates Stadium.
Spurs were thought to be leading the race for the Belgium international's signature, who has previously stated his admiration for Harry Redknapp's side.
But the 24-year-old is also a fan of the Gunners and attended their recent UEFA Champions League triumph over AC Milan at Emirates Stadium at the request of former Ajax team-mate Thomas Vermaelen.
Vertonghen's contract in Amsterdam expires next June and the defender looks likely to leave in the summer after making it clear he will not sign a new deal, with Ajax already eyeing FC Twente centre-back Douglas as a potential replacement.
He said in the Daily Express: "My agent knows what clubs I'm willing to go to. Arsenal are obviously one of them. Ajax are busy trying to find solutions to replace me."
The Belgian, who came through the youth ranks at Ajax, has made no secret of his desire to join a Premier League side.
However, the Dutch club have emerged as late contenders for the Eredivisie title and Vertonghen is focused on their campaign for the time being.
"Who wouldn't want to play football at a top club in England?" the defender told NU Sport. "If a nice club (is interested) I will hear about it from my agent.
"But first I want to concentrate fully on the title race."