Spurs announce Vertonghen deal

  • Last Updated: July 8 2012, 21:14 BST

Tottenham have confirmed the signing of Jan Vertonghen from Ajax, subject to the Belgium defender passing a medical.

Vertonghen: Spurs move confirmed

Vertonghen, named the Eredivisie player of the year as Ajax won the title last season, has long been linked with Spurs but the move was delayed by a contract wrangle with the Dutch club.

But agreement has now been reached, with Vertonghen becoming the second new arrival at Spurs under Andre Villas-Boas after Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson signed from Hoffenheim.

The 25-year-old is now determined to make the step up in the Premier League.

"I am very relieved," he told Sky Sports News.

"It went on for a long time, but I'm glad I'm a Tottenham player right now and I'm looking forward to playing for the club.

"I am 25 years old now and I feel ready to play in the Premier League. I have heard a lot of good stories from my Belgium team-mates. I think I'm ready.

"I heard that Harry Redknapp really wanted me to play for Tottenham, but now it's Andre Villas-Boas. To me, that doesn't matter.

"I just want to play for the club and I hope I can please the fans at the club."

Vertonghen will bolster a Spurs central defence that has been weakened over the summer following the departures of long-serving former captain Ledley King and Ryan Nelsen.

But perhaps even more important on new man Villas-Boas list of priorities will be retaining his already-established star names.

Star winger Gareth Bale pledged his future to the club last month after signing a long-term deal but Luka Modric's future remains in some doubt for a second successive summer.

"They have a lot of good players and I hope the most important players will stay, but that's my opinion, I'm not one of the directors," Vertonghen said.

"I hope the players will stay and we have a good team next season."

Spurs announced they had agreed terms to sign Vertonghen from Ajax on Sunday morning in a statement on their website.

"We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Jan Vertonghen, subject to a medical," the statement read.

"The 2011/12 campaign was the Belgium international's most successful season to date - being named Ajax captain at the start and going on to lead the Dutch side to their second straight league title.

"The centre back's impressive performances did not go unnoticed as he was named Eredivisie Player of the Year as well as Ajax's Player of the Year in a season that saw him score 10 times in 37 appearances.

"In total, Jan made 220 appearances and scored 28 goals for Ajax since making his debut for them in 2006."