Christian Eriksen has been vocal this summer in his intentions to leave Dutch champions Ajax, with Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham both being heavily linked with a move for the playmaker.
However, the Denmark international’s latest comments suggest that he would prefer a switch to White Hart Lane, where he would link up with former Ajax team-mate Jan Vertonghen.
"Tottenham are a great club," he told BT.dk.
"I know this because of Vertonghen. It is good club which is interesting. But there has not been anything yet. We'll find out in two weeks.
"There are to my knowledge no negotiations right now either with a new club or Ajax.
“There are Russian clubs that have called and made bids for me. I did not take much time to refuse. I would like to join one of the five major leagues.
"I have the view that I do not want to go to Russia at my age. I do not look at the money."
Eriksen fits the bill when it comes to the sort of player that Andre Villas-Boas targets in the transfer market. The Dane is young, mobile and technically gifted, and there is no doubt that Eriksen is now ready for a move to one of Europe’s top leagues.
Whether Spurs will actually make an approach for him remains to be seen. With the Gareth Bale transfer saga far from being determined one way or the other, Tottenham may well have the likes of Eriksen as a plan B should the Wales international depart to Real Madrid.
At the moment the north Londoners are flush with attacking midfielders in the form of Bale, Aaron Lennon, Nacer Chadli, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Lewis Holtby, and where Eriksen would fit into the current equation is unclear.
However, should Bale leave it is reassuring to see that an international player of top calibre is on the market and keen on a move to White Hart Lane.
Similar to the situation last summer when Spurs signed Vertonghen, Eriksen is in the last year of his contract at the Amsterdam ArenA, and as such would be available for a relatively modest transfer fee given his ability.
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