By Football Spy
Harry Redknapp is hopeful Tottenham can seal a deal for Ajax’s Jan Vertonghen – but speculation is increasing that the manager might walk away from White Hart line.
Several newspaper reports on Sunday have linked Redknapp to Chelsea as he continues to battle with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy over a lucrative new contract.
The veteran manager has one year left on his existing deal and wants at least a two-year extension. But although Levy was though to be originally offering that when Redknapp was a candidate for the England job, the deal is no longer on the table.
The uncertainty could be fatal for Tottenham, who look set to lose Luka Modric during the close-season and may be forced to sell Gareth Bale too.
But Vertonghen seems sure to sign soon after showing his versatility – one of the attributes which has impressed Redknapp – with a solid display at left-back for Belgium in yesterday’s 1-0 friendly defeat against England at Wembley.
The Spurs boss said: “Jan is a terrific passer and versatile too. He can play at the heart of defence but also plays very comfortable at left-back.
“I hope a deal is done but I don’t think it’s quite finished yet.”
The player revealed on Friday night he was close to joining the north London club, claiming a deal could be done in the next “couple of weeks or maybe days”.
Vertonghen, who has also been linked with a move to Tottenham’s arch rivals Arsenal, said: “I am a big fan of the Premier League. It is almost the only competition I watch on TV and for me it is the best competition in the world.
“I would like to play in the Premier League. I am not in contact every day but I think it could be very close now, maybe a couple of weeks or maybe days.”
Asked if he knew which club he wanted to join, he said: “I probably know which team I will be going to, yes. I know where I want to go and I think it is clear to everybody.”
When probed as to whether that club was Tottenham, he nodded and said: “Yes.”