Arsenal battling Tottenham for Ajax stopper Jan Vertonghen

Ajax central defender Jan Vertonghen is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.

Ajax central defender Jan Vertonghen is wanted by Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Sunday Express says a senior deputation from White Hart Lane ran the rule over Belgian Vertonghen, 24, during Ajax’s midweek 4-0 Champions League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

The £10million–rated stopper is also on Gunners boss Arsene Wenger’s wishlist.

But Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has made recruiting a commanding central defender a priority – though Ajax would fight off any move until the summer.

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