Newcastle rival Spurs for Ajax defender Vertonghen

Newcastle United are interested in Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.

Newcastle United are interested in Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen.

Toon boss Alan Pardew admits he's been badgered by owner Mike Ashley about buying a new centre-half and has been recommended Vertonghen by chief scout Graham Carr.

Vertonghen is also a target for Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, though only if he can find a buyer for former Toon centre-half Sebastien Bassong.

Belgium international Vertonghen would arrive at St James' Park as a replacement for the injured Steven Taylor.

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