Long-term Newcastle United target Jan Vertonghen has alerted his Premier League admirers that he could soon be available for a move, but Alan Pardew’s side will have to fight-off Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham to secure his services.
The Belgian international, who’s contact expires next year, has been subject to vast amounts of interest by topflight clubs from England and although no formal bids are yet to be made, Vertonghen has said he could soon be available for a big, money-spinning transfer out of the Amsterdam ArenA.
“There is talk of a contract extension, but not much has been said,” he told AT5, a Dutch news agency.
“Perhaps Ajax will find it to be a good thing when I leave, I don’t know. But I think that in the future I could have a very good transfer.”
The 24-year-old centre-back is believed to be valued at £10million and has been on the radar of Newcastle for some time, but Arsenal, who face injury worries aplenty in defence, are believed to be tracking him too, with reports that Manchester United and cross-town rivals Spurs could also come in for the international.
Indeed while there is much speculation surrounding Vertonghen, the Belgian has had an up and down season in the Eredivise, with his side, Ajax, sitting five points behind the league leaders AZ, in 4th position.