By Wayne Veysey
Jan Vertonghen is ready to hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Tottenham as Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held crunch talks with Ajax in Amsterdam on Monday.
The defender has told his team that he is only interested in a transfer to White Hart Lane and wants the two teams to swiftly settle a fee.
The Belgian centre-half has already agreed personal terms with Spurs after a trip to London in which he toured Tottenham's new training centre in Enfield, and was a guest of the club at their last match of the season, a 2-0 home win over Fulham.
The move has hit a snag over the Dutch club’s €15 million asking price, although Goal.com understands that Ajax will accept €12m for the defender, who only has a year remaining on his contract.
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It is believed that Vertonghen is prepared to hand in a transfer request in order to push through the deal if talks on Monday fail to result in an agreement.
The 25-year-old has his heart set on a move to White Hart Lane and his mind has not been changed by events in Munich on Saturday night, when Chelsea’s Champions League triumph relegated Spurs to the Europa League next season.
Tottenham made an official move for the Belgian at the start of this month, having failed in an attempt to sign him in January, and Vertonghen has settled on the north Londoners because he believes that he will be able to play more regularly in his favourite centre-half position.
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"Tottenham are absolutely my favourite," the defender told De Telegraaf earlier this month. "Tottenham is a fantastic football club that has the tradition I want. They buy young, eager, offensive-minded players.
"[But] the Ajax board are asking for a very big amount for a player whose contract is running out in an year.
"I trust that both Tottenham and Ajax will put some water in the wine and they will soon reach an agreement."
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