Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen has claimed he would prefer a move to Spurs this summer, over Arsenal or any other club. The Belgian has been a transfer target for both London rivals, as they looked to strengthen their defences.
However, it now seems White Hart Lane has won the race for the player's signature, even if there will not be an Champions League football for Spurs next season. Club chairman Daniel Levy flew to Amsterdam earlier this week to finalise negotiations and Tottenham are reported to have offered £9.6mn for the centre-back.
"I have a preference for Spurs. I've got the best feeling for that club and I'm a 'feeling person. They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I'm their only option, which I take as a compliment," ESPN quoted the 25 year old as saying.
The signing of the Ajax skipper could be one of the most reasonable and smartest transfers Spurs could make this summer. Vertonghen is versatile, with the ability to play in central defence, at left back and in defensive midfield positions. The defender also has an eye for goal and frequently joins the attack and managed to score eight goals from 31 league matches last term.
Meanwhile, Kyle Walker has stated that Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is the best manager in the league and he is eager for him to stay on at White Hart Lane. Redknapp has recently been linked with both the Chelsea and Liverpool managerial jobs but Walker hopes the 65 year old will remain in north London.
"I definitely hope he stays at White Hart Lane. Who wouldn't want him to stay at the football club when you look at the results he gets for us? I think anyone would want him around. I don't think there's a better manager," the Daily Mail quoted the 21 year old as saying.
"I try not to get distracted by speculation but, hopefully, he is around and I will be working with him next season. He has nurtured me in the right way and I trust him. The style of football he plays is unbelievable and I hope the speculation is wrong and he is there next season, teaching me more," the defender added.
Walker won the PFA Young Player of the Year award for his sublime performances this season. He was understood to be England's first choice right-back for the summer's European Championships but has been ruled out due to a leg injury suffered during the last round of league matches.