Ajax turn attention to VVV's Dennis Gentenaar as Jasper Cillessen move falls through

The Amsterdam giants continue their search for a new goalkeeper and have now set their sights on the former Borussia Dortmund glovesman
Ajax have approached VVV to discuss a potential transfer of goalkeeper Dennis Gentenaar as they look to add the 35-year-old to their squad.

The Eredivisie champions are in the market for a new shot-stopper because of the departure of Maarten Stekelenburg to Roma, and had initially set their sights on NEC's Jasper Cillessen to fight it out with Kenneth Vermeer for the No. 1 position in Amsterdam.

However, their €1.7 million offer was turned down, and Ajax consequently ended negotiations with the Nijmegen side following their hefty demands.

They've now turned their attention to Gentenaar instead, as head coach Frank de Boer sees the veteran goalkeeper as a reliable back-up to Vermeer, and have already approached VVV.

"They haven't made an official offer yet, but we know of their interest. We will meet shortly to see what they have in mind, but it's clear that we won't allow Gentenaar to leave just like that," said VVV sporting director Mario Captein to Voetbal International.

Gentenaar, who was previously under contract with Ajax from 2006 until 2008, has a contract until 2012 with VVV.

Ajax started the 2011-12 league campaign with a 4-1 away win over De Graafschap and will take on Heerenveen this weekend. All Eredivisie games can be seen live at www.livedutcheredivisie.tv.