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Tottenham Hotspur have finally confirmed the transfer of central defender Jan Vertonghen from Ajax in an official announcement on the club website. The statement mentioned that the two clubs have reached an agreement for the transfer of the Belgian international and the player will join their ranks after the completion of a medical.
The 25 year-old centre-back is a product of the prestigious youth academy of Dutch side Ajax, whom he joined in 2003. Since making it to the first team in 2006, the player has grown considerably to take on the captain's armband to lead the club to two consecutive Eredivisie titles in 2011 and 2012. Vertonghen was also named Ajax's Player of the Year and Dutch Footballer of the Year last year for his performances in the Eredivisie.
An official statement on the club's official website tottenhamhotspur.com said "We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical."
The central defender had been linked with the Spurs all summer, despite drawing serious interest from their North London rivals Arsenal. Vertonghen had already indicated that White Hart Lane was his preferred destination this summer, but the transfer had been put off due to disagreements over financial matters with the Dutch champions.
The player had initially been identified as a potential target by former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp. However, after the departure of the English manager, club chairman Daniel Levy continued to pursue the player. Under the management of new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, the player will be an integral part of the Spurs setup, possibly partnering Younes Kaboul in a new look Tottenham backline.
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