SPURS CLOSE IN ON VERTONGHEN
Tottenham have said that they are extremely close to signing Ajax defender Jan Vertonghen in a £ 9.6 million deal. Tottenham have been linked with the Dutch defender for quite a while now in order to replace the likes of William Gallas and Ledley King.
Due to the fact that their captain Michael Dawson has also suffered a number of injury problems in the past, the central defensive position is an area of major concern for Tottenham going into the next season. They have no wasted no time in sealing the deal for one of the highly rated defenders in Europe.
Tottenham will be hoping that Jan Vertonghen turns out to be the next Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgian defender was signed by arch rivals Arsenal from Ajax a few seasons ago. Despite his lack of height, he has turned out to be one of the best signings Arsenal have made in recent seasons. Jan Vertonghen has confirmed that he wanted to sign for Tottenham from the first instance due to the fact that the English club has shown a lot of interest. This is a major coup for Tottenham given that they are extremely close to securing the signature of the player, who is coveted by many clubs across Europe.
“I have a preference for Spurs. I’ve got the best feeling for that club and I’m a ‘feeling person’. They already invited me and want to handle it quickly. They say I’m their only option, which I take as a compliment,” Vertonghen said. It is certainly going to be easy for Jan Vertonghen to settle in the English game due to the fact that the club already has a Dutchman in the form of Rafael van der Vaart, who is one of the established members of the Tottenham team.
JENAS INJURY BLOW
Jermaine Jenas only recently signed for Aston Villa on a season long loan deal from Tottenham, but he has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles injury. This comes as a major blow for both Tottenham and Aston Villa.
Harry Redknapp would have been hoping that his player would come back is a strong player after some much-needed game time at Aston Villa, but the player is not only going to miss his loan spell, but also his opportunity to come back into the Tottenham side as well. Aston Villa and Tottenham have issued a statement stating that Jermaine Jenas has now undergone a surgery to repair the damage.
Jermaine Jenas suffered the injury in the match against Manchester United and was stretchered off. Aston Villa lost the match 1-0, but that was the least of Alex McLeish’s problems. The Aston Villa manager now has a real situation in his hands with regard to the midfield.
Signing Jermaine Jenas on loan help of Alex McLeish overcome some of the problems. However, it was not until November that Jermaine Jenas was able to make his debut for Aston Villa. He was earlier restricted from making his debut for Aston Villa due to the same Achilles problems, but it has now escalated to a whole new level.
“To lose a player of his talent and experience is bad enough, but never to have seen him play enough in the Villa shirt for our fans to appreciate the player he is, that’s terrible bad luck. Obviously, we wish Jermaine as speedy a recovery as possible and a full recovery, too. He has been a great professional to have at the club since he arrived on loan in August,” Alex McLeish said when asked about Jermaine Jenas and his injury.