Harry Redknapp made it clear over the past few weeks that Jan Vertonghen is one player who he was desperate to bring to White Hart Lane. However, even though it appeared Vertonghen favoured a move as well, the transfer has been thrown into limbo following Redknapp’s shock departure last week. Still, according to Vertonghen this is not a problem, with his agent stating that his client is still looking forward to a move to White Hart Lane later in the summer.
It has to be said that as of yet, no transfer fee has been agreed for the player. While both Tottenham and the player have confirmed they are interested in striking a deal, it is thought that Spurs’ valuation of Vertonghen is significantly lower than Ajax’s. Still, with the central defender having just one year remaining on his contract, it was thought that it would take little negotiation for a package to be arranged between the two clubs.
According to Vertonghen, he is still hopeful this will be the case. His agent, Mustapha Nakhli, said “Nothing has changed at all. He is coming to Tottenham for the club and not for the manager. 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. I don’t know when it will happen but the deal is close, very close.”
Of course, even though Vertonghen is preaching about a move, Spurs may no longer be interested. It is understood that the club are currently in discussions with former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas about taking over and it may be the case that AVB does not see Vertonghen as a player who would fit into his plans.